Area gets dusting of snow

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Janell Womack, a Texas Woman’s University student, bundled up Monday for her walk to class on Oakland Street in Denton.

The early birds got the snow Monday morning when a system came through at about 5 a.m. and left a dusting of the white stuff on rooftops and windshields.

Meteorologists watched a band of snow form just to the west Sunday night as the system moved toward Denton County and the rest of the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

“It did cause some problems where there were accumulations,” said Matt Bishop, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

More than an inch fell on Wichita Falls, Bowie and other areas. But by the time the system arrived in Denton, there was less lift and available moisture, Bishop said.

The snow fell with enough wind, however, that the National Weather Service issued a brief winter weather advisory at 5 a.m. The cold temperatures also brought the first official freeze of the season to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, although frosts and freezing temperatures have been reported elsewhere in the region.

This morning, a low of 18 degrees was expected for Denton County, and colder temperatures on the west side of the region, Bishop said.

The temperatures will warm gradually until another system moves in Thursday. That system will bring highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s, Bishop said.

“Our best chance of rain — which is not even that high, 30 percent — is Friday when that system comes in,” Bishop said.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, most of Texas is again in drought, with an update of the drought maps expected today. As of Dec. 4, southern Denton County was in severe drought and northern Denton County in extreme drought.

Although not as low as elsewhere in the state, area lake levels are below the conservation levels, from about 4 feet below at Ray Roberts Lake to about 6 feet below at Lewisville and Grapevine lakes.

Vision Ministries, an arm of Denton Bible Church, has opened an emergency shelter. People can seek shelter from the cold after 5 p.m. today at 626 Wainwright St.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881. Her email address is pheinkel-wolfe@dentonrc.com .


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