Quite a not-normal Winter season we're having. On the verge of breaking high temperatures for this time of year, watching tornadoes through the Midwest, and about to get pummeled by a very strong winter system this weekend, bringing somewhat spring-time like severe weather.
As you can see from the diagram below, Central Texas is no great place to be on Saturday and Sunday, unless you are a weather nerd like me.
On onset of mostly rain will begin on Saturday morning through West Texas, with snow in the higher elevations and up in the Panhandle. As the day progresses, portions of the Panhandle-area (Amarillo, Lubbock, Abilene, maybe even Midland, as well as Wichita Falls) will likely experience an ice storm. This will quickly turn into a snow storm, and some areas could see Blizzard conditions with very gusty winds (50+ miles per hour) through those regions, as well as over a foot (or two!) of snow.
Further south, Hill Country will see rain, transitioning into snow, with lighter accumulations, not as much of a concern for ice, but very strong winds that could turn into semi-blizzard-like conditions. Severe Thunderstorms are also possible overnight Saturday into Sunday, as very cold air mixes with strong, warm moist, Gulf of Mexico flow through much of Central & Eastern Texas. These severe thunderstorms will be capable of producing large hail, tornadoes, and even stronger winds (if they weren't strong enough already).
Closures/Delays of Interstate 10 through West Texas
Closures/Delays of Interstate 20 through West & Central Texas
Closures/Delays of Interstate 40 through much of Oklahoma & Texas
Closures/Delays of Interstate 27 in the Panhandle
Closures/Delays of Interstate 35 north of Dallas/Fort Worth
Delays on all highways through West, Central & North Texas'
Delays & Cancellations for air travel in/out of New Mexico
Delays & Cancellations for air travel in/out of West, Central, and North Texas
Delays & Cancellations for air travel in/out of Oklahoma
Severe Weather Sirens for much of Central & East Texas and Louisiana
Delays in any freight (train, air, or truck) through mentioned regions
Potential power outages through mentioned regions
Icy & Snowy Roads through West, Central, North Texas and Oklahoma/New Mexico
I could go on, but you get the point. Stay Tuned!
Dan Schreiber is an operational meteorologist, with experience