Mix of sleet, snow hit area

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Air bubbles form in a frozen drip on a tree branch Sunday afternoon in Denton.
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Several accidents were reported Sunday afternoon after parts of Denton County were hit with a mix of sleet and snow, and the National Weather Service reported that conditions aren’t expected to improve until late Monday morning.

The National Weather Service anticipated that temperatures would fall below freezing across all of North and Central Texas on Sunday night. And ice on many roadways, bridges and overpasses will not melt until late Monday morning, meteorologists predicted.

Temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees today and drop to about 35 degrees tonight.

But the weather service reports another round of snow or sleet may fall over North and Central Texas on Thursday night and Friday.

On Sunday, residents in northwest Denton County reported combinations of sleet and snow, with western communities, including Ponder, seeing more of the snow. North of Denton County in Gainesville, roads were reportedly covered with snow.

Residents in Ponder began seeing snow around 1 p.m., while Krum residents reported on social media that they had some snow and heavy sleet on the ground an hour later.

Heavy sleet was reported in Justin, along the county’s western boundary, and in some parts of Denton, although roads remained clear.

Southern Denton County residents saw sleet mixed with rain. The ice pellets, however, melted upon contact as temperatures hovered around the freezing mark.

The precipitation stopped after falling for about 45 minutes, but several accidents were reported just minutes after the rain mixed with ice began to fall in Denton County, according to Denton County Emergency Services officials.

Jody Gonzalez, emergency management coordinator for the county, said the Texas Department of Transportation began sanding overpasses and bridges to lessen the impact of the icy weather conditions.

The National Weather Service had reported a possibility of total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches for Sunday.

Staff Writer Dawn Cobb contributed to this report.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.


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