Fire Danger Today and Freezing Rain Tomorrow; Welcome to West Texas
SAN ANGELO, TX -- Only in West Texas can the weather be so dry and windy that there is a danger of wildfires and the next day there’s a possibility of freezing rain.
But here we are. According to the National Weather Service, elevated fire weather conditions are expected mainly north of a line from Mertzon to San Angelo to Ballinger to Baird today between noon and 6 p.m.
And then Saturday through Sunday there is a possibility for freezing drizzle and freezing rain late Saturday night into Sunday morning across much of West Central Texas southeast of a line from Sweetwater to Anson to Haskell.
The NWS issued the following special weather statement this morning:
An approaching disturbance from the west combined with an arctic cold frontal passage will bring a possibility for freezing drizzle and freezing rain late Saturday night and Sunday morning. This could result in some slick spots, mainly on elevated surfaces such as overpasses and bridges. Locations most likely to be impacted will be much of the area, except for the northwest Big Country.
Otherwise, keep in mind that temperatures could be at or below freezing for several hours so make sure to take care of sensitive plants, pets, and pipes. Also, wind chill values may be in the upper single digits to lower teens across the Big Country Sunday morning.
Any ice that does accumulate may create hazardous driving conditions so motorists are advised to take extra time and exercise caution, especially on the bridges and overpasses. At this point, only minor accumulations of ice are expected. However, continue to monitor future National Weather Service forecasts as additional updates will be possible.