Scientific Forecaster Discussion
Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service Fort Worth Texas
1232 PM CST Tuesday Mar 3 2015
IFR to LIFR ceilings and visibility will continue at all North
Texas taf sites through tonight as low level warm air advection
increases ahead of an approaching low pressure system and Arctic
front. Occasional light rain showers will continue through the
afternoon with better rain chances arriving overnight. The Arctic
cold front should arrive at the metroplex taf sites around 13z and
between 15 and 16z in Waco. The wind will turn to the north with
the passage of the front with wind speeds increasing between 15
and 20 knots along with some gusts to around 30 knots...
especially a few hours after frontal passage. The strong and gusty winds
will prevail through the afternoon along with IFR ceilings/visibilities.
The extended portion of the dfw taf should see a transition to
freezing rain/possibly mixed with sleet beginning around 20z as
surface temperatures cool to freezing or below.
Previous discussion... /issued 400 am CST Tuesday Mar 3 2015/
a dense fog advisory will remain in effect through 10 am for the
entire forecast area. A warm front is forecast to lift north
through the forecast area today scouring out the remaining shallow
cold airmass that has plagued the region since late last week.
Temperatures will rise into the upper 50s northeast to around 70
across the southwest this afternoon. These will be the warmest
temperatures that we have had since two saturdays ago /February
21st/. There will be a chance of showers area wide this afternoon.
Models show a little instability...so have placed isolated
thunderstorms across the eastern third.
A strong cold front will sweep down the plains today...moving
into the northwestern zones by midnight...and to the I-20 corridor
toward daybreak Wednesday. This front will then move through The
Temple-Killeen area by midday Wednesday. Much colder air will
accompany this front. We will see a chance of showers area wide
tonight and maybe some isolated thunderstorms.
As temperatures fall behind the front...some light freezing rain
will be possible in the northwestern zones Wednesday morning...and
as temperatures continue to fall...some freezing rain and sleet
will be possible across the northwestern half before sunset
Wednesday. Precipitation types are a challenge...as the NAM
soundings are a little warmer...slower with the cold air...than
the GFS. Have leaned closer to the GFS and thus placed
rain/freezing rain and some sleet across the northwestern half for
Wednesday afternoon. We should then see a transitioning over to a
sleet/snow mix across the northern 2/3s and freezing rain/sleet
mix across the south for Wednesday evening. The GFS forecast
sounding shows that the warm nose aloft disappears by 00z Thursday
at dfw but hangs on at Waco past 06z Thursday. The precipitation
should shut off by daybreak Thursday across the northwestern
third. Some light snow is possible into Thursday morning across
most of the rest of the forecast area. Some freezing rain/sleet
will be possible across the extreme southeast Thursday morning.
Precipitation amounts look to be light at this time. Will hold off
on issuing a Winter Weather Advisory for Wednesday
afternoon/Wednesday night at this time.
The cold weather will continue through Friday before a moderating
trend begins. Low rain chances will return to the south Saturday
and Saturday night as a short wave slides across south Texas.
Otherwise expect dry weather with temperatures returning to near
seasonal normals for the beginning of next week.
Preliminary point temps/pops...
Dallas-ft. Worth, Texas 63 39 40 25 41 / 40 70 90 60 10
Waco, Texas 60 52 54 29 40 / 30 50 90 70 20
Paris, Texas 62 41 41 19 41 / 50 90 90 60 10
Denton, Texas 63 36 37 21 40 / 40 70 90 50 10
McKinney, Texas 60 37 39 24 41 / 50 70 90 60 10
Dallas, Texas 62 40 41 25 41 / 40 70 90 60 10
Terrell, Texas 62 42 44 26 41 / 50 70 90 70 20
Corsicana, Texas 62 48 54 29 39 / 40 60 90 70 20
Temple, Texas 60 55 57 28 39 / 30 40 80 70 20
Mineral Wells, Texas 67 39 39 21 40 / 30 70 80 40 10