Winter storm dumps several inches of sleet, ice on area

National Weather Service image

National Weather Service image

By Kathryn Jones

Editor

Mother Nature told North Texas to “have an ice day” Friday, so schools closed and some university students even got to delay their final exams.

A strong winter storm dumped at least 2 inches of sleet and light snow on the Glen Rose area early Friday morning. Thunder and lightning accompanied the ice storm, which began with light freezing rain Thursday night turning to sleet and light snow early Friday morning.

The National Weather Service reported between 2 and 2.5 inches of sleet and ice accumulated in Somervell and surrounding counties. Erath County recorded 2.7 inches and parts of Tarrant and Dallas counties got 3 inches. Parts of Palo Pinto and Parker counties received 3.5 inches. The heaviest total was in Denton County with 4 inches.

Area school districts, including Glen Rose ISD, closed their campuses for the ice day and kids headed outside to play in the white stuff.

Tarleton State University in Stephenville also closed on Friday, which was to have been the first day of finals for the fall semester. Finals that had been scheduled for Friday have been rescheduled for the same time periods next Friday, Dec. 13.

The latest forecast for Somervell County from the weather service calls for a slight chance of flurries and drizzle Friday afternoon with a high near 27.

For Friday night the weather service said it expected party cloudy skies with a low around 14 and a wind chill between minus 1 and 9 degrees with north winds gusting up to 20 mph.

For Saturday, only a slight chance of freezing rain and sleet after noon remains in the forecast. With departing clouds and partly sunny skies, the high is expected to be near 23. But Saturday night will remain frigid with a low of 20 degrees and wind chills of between minus 4 and 6 degrees.

A chance of freezing rain remains in the forecast Saturday night, but skies should clear on Sunday and temperatures finally rise above freezing, with a high of 36, according to the National Weather Service.

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