HOUSTON — Texas is expected to get a dose of winter weather, including some snow, after unusually warm temperatures so far this month.
The National Weather Service said Saturday that a strong cold front would bring the coldest air of the season to the South Plains on Sunday and then dash through much of the state by the start of the week.
Temperatures across the South Plains were expected to reach only the 40s Sunday, with highs even lower for Monday and low temperatures dropping to the teens.
Light snow with accumulations of up to an inch was possible for Parmer, Castro and Bailey counties along the Texas-New Mexico border west of Lubbock.
For the Guadalupe Mountains area, forecasters in Midland-Odessa issued a high wind watch for Sunday with 30 to 45 mph winds gusting to near 65 mph. And for much of West Texas, from the Big Bend all the way north, forecasters advised residents to protect sensitive plants, pets and pipes.
In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where temperatures Saturday were in the 70s, there could be a dusting of snow with some minor accumulations, said Matt Bishop, who works in the Fort Worth office of the National Weather Service.
“The cold will be more significant,” he said.
A hard freeze was predicted for parts of North Texas for Monday and Tuesday with lows in the upper teens to 20s.
Only the Rio Grande Valley in far South Texas, where temperatures were in the 80s on Saturday, was likely to escape the brunt of the arctic blast.