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Is Wichita Falls likely to get precipitation during the next few days?
The National Weather Service answers with a firm “yes.”
In what form will that precipitation come?
The NWS says — “That’s a little tricky.”
The trickiness rises from the fact that two storm systems and three cold fronts will move across North Texas during the next four days, according to Daryl Williams, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Norman, Okla.
The first system is forecast to arrive Saturday night, possibly ushered in by some rain. Then the precipitation will turn wintry, meaning a little freezing rain, a little sleet, a little snow.
Forecasting how much of which is the tricky part, Williams said.
“It’s going to be a mix.”
Because the low temperature overnight Saturday will dip to 26 degrees and the predicted high Sunday will barely touch the freezing mark, any frozen precipitation that falls probably will stick around a while.
Williams said the chances of snow and sleet through the day Sunday are “pretty good.”
It’s possible North Texas will get 2 to 3 inches of frozen precipitation accumulation in the first round of wintry weather. Then, Williams said, the area should get a break Sunday evening before Round 2 begins Monday.
The high Monday was predicted to be 38 degrees, well above freezing, then dip to 30 overnight and recover into the 40s on Tuesday. By late Friday, the weather service was leaning toward more rain than snow Monday and Tuesday.
Williams said another system could put more precipitation in the forecast later in the week, but he said it was too early to determine how much or in what form.
Because of the lingering drought, moisture in any form would be welcomed by city leaders watching the levels of lakes decline. One month into the new year, Wichita Falls is already one inch below normal rainfall on the year.
Representatives of the city of Wichita Falls and Texas Department of Transportation said their crews were ready to roll if streets and roads get treacherous.
Larry Krugle said his street department has plows on trucks, plenty of chat, and have their spreaders working.