Winter Storm Warning For West Texas 11/23/13
Just like yesterday... Temperatures will remain very cold (at or below 32 degrees)over much if not the entire area. Periods of precipitation will continue, mainly in the form of freezing rain and sleet. A pocket of warm air near 6,000 feet will continue to keep snow out of the picture for now. Bridges and overpasses will be the primary concern in terms of icy roads for much of today. However, temperatures for many locations have now been below freezing for over 24 hours. This will effectively cool the soil enough to allow even some surface streets to ice up, especially those less traveled.
A strong storm system over southern California will slowly move east today. Lift from this storm will increase across the area through the day and especially tonight. This will bring heavier amounts of precipitation. Initially, it appears that the precipitation will be in the form of freezing rain and sleet, given the warm air inversion mentioned above. However, as the heavier precipitation occurs, evaporational cooling will take place, effectively cooling the atmospheric column. Once the entire column drops below freezing, the precipitation will transition to sleet/snow. For some locations in Southeast New Mexico and the Northern Permian Basin, 1-3" of snow is possible through Monday.
Currently, I think the best chance for major winter weather concerns will be Sunday. This storm will last into the Monday, meaning the Monday morning commute will no doubt be hazardous.
Stay tuned to CBS 7 for the latest updates concerning this ongoing winter storm.