FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Winter weather in the forecast

Web Weather 12/7/2018

WEST TEXAS (KWES) - Late tonight and early Saturday is a First Alert Weather Day for the chance of accumulating snow in portions of the Permian Basin and southeast New Mexico.

This afternoon through this evening, we will see chances of a cold rain through the area, but the best chance and highest rainfall totals will be south and east of the Midland/Odessa metro area. High temperatures will be in the upper 30s and low 40s.

Another batch of moisture is set to move in overnight. As temperatures fall to around the freezing mark overnight, we could see a transition to a freezing rain/sleet/snow mix and then all snow in southeast New Mexico and into the Permian Basin. The best chance of snow will be between 4am and 10am.

We'll likely see some light to moderate accumulations on a line from Andrews to Big Spring and all areas to the north. Accumulations of 1 to 3 inches is likely in this region with isolated higher amounts. Areas to the south, such as Midland and Odessa, may still see a light accumulation, between a trace and two inches on grassy surfaces.

Travel concerns will likely be limited to our northern counties, where temperatures will be slightly cooler. Some snow, slush, and ice covered roads are possible Saturday morning. As you go south towards Midland and Odessa, travel concerns lessen, as roadway surface temperatures will likely stay above freezing. Bridges and overpasses may still be quite icy.

In the case of icy or snowy roadways, do not drive if you don’t have to. If you must travel, take it slow and allow extra time to get where you need to go. Also keep about double the normal distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

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