Update: Weather Service Says Rain Changing Over to Snow in San Angelo and the Concho Valley
SAN ANGELO, TX -- Snow is headed toward San Angelo and the Concho Valley late Thursday and into Friday morning.
According to the National Weather Service Office in San Angelo rain will be changing over to snow but it could be just a dusting or up to three inches depending on where you are.
The National Weather Service in San Angelo has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for a wintry mix of precipitation, with light snow accumulations possible, which is in effect until 6 a.m. Friday.
Rain will be changing to snow across West Central Texas Thursday afternoon and Thursday Night.
A strong upper level storm system will develop across West Central Texas today. As this system develops, light rain will begin to change over to snow during the afternoon and continue into tonight.
Snowfall totals ranging from just a dusting up to 3 inches will be common. Higher elevations across the northern Concho Valley, Heartland, and Big Country may see even more.
It'll be windy as well with gusty winds increasing to 30 to 35 mph with some gusts of up to 50 mph Thursday with an 80 percent chance of precipitation.
Thursday night expect temperatures to drop to near freezing with wind and rain and snow.
Conditions are forecast to improve on Friday.
This is a developing story.
UPDATE Thursday 3 p.m.
A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for this afternoon and tonight for locations north of a Barnhart, to Eldorado, to Mason line.
Rain will continue to mix with or changeover to snow, and sometimes sleet, with snow accumulations heavy enough to cause travel difficulties at times.
In addition, a Wind Advisory will also remain in effect for all of West Central Texas through this evening. Wind gusts may reach 50 mph.
UPDATE 4 p.m.
As of 4 pm, a mix of rain and snow was occurring across the Big Country, northern Concho Valley and Northern Heartland. Accumulating snow of around 4 to 6 inches on Highway 70 8 miles south of Sweetwater resulted in closure of the highway and multiple accidents.
Meanwhile, on interstate 20 at the 84 exchange, there were multiple crashes with slush and sleet. In Tom Green County, patches of ice and snow were reported on SH 208 north of town.
Patches of ice and snow were also reported on SH 158 in Sterling County. Abilene and Coleman are reporting light snow at the moment, and icy spots on highway 277 were reported southwest of Abilene.
Winter Weather Advisories continue for all counties except Crockett, Sutton and Kimble counties. As we go towards the evening, temperatures should gradually cool and many areas will likely experience mainly snow. Still expecting a dusting to 3 inches of snow, with higher amounts in higher terrain areas.