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Showers and Wind for DFW, Wet Snow Way Out West

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    NTTA, TxDOT Treating Roads Ahead of Possible Wintry Weather

    Threat of winter weather has Texas Department of Transportation and North Texas Tollway Authority preparing for the possibility of a wintry/rain mix Thursday. The NTTA tells us their crews have started getting on the roads and placing brine ahead of the storms. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018)

    Windy and cold with scattered showers for DFW Friday. Temperatures didn't get low enough for the changeover to snow and roads will be just wet through the morning hours. Have an umbrella handy this morning. DFW will have light rain, drizzle, and mist through the morning hours.

    A Wind Advisory remains in effect until noon with gusts that could reach 30 to 40 mph.

    As a result, some North Texas holiday events, such as Enchant and Prairie Lights, are closing. See a complete list here.

    A Winter Weather Advisory remained in effect for Eastland and Stephens counties through 9 a.m. Friday. The Texas Thunder Truck found scattered areas with a wintry mix of wet snow and sleet.

    Wet Snow, Sleet Falls West of DFW Friday MorningWet Snow, Sleet Falls West of DFW Friday Morning

    The Texas Thunder Truck found areas of wet snow and sleet along Interstate 20 in Eastland County Friday morning. Eastland and Stephens counties were under a winter weather advisory as a powerful storm system brought strong winds and rain to the Dallas-Fort Worth area Thursday night and Friday morning.

    (Published Friday, Dec. 14, 2018)

    As much as 8 inches of snow accumulated in parts of West Texas Thursday as a winter storm swirled over the area.

    The heaviest snowfall zone was an area bounded by San Angelo, Abilene and Sweetwater that were under a winter storm advisory until Friday morning. High winds with gusts of up to 60 mph were expected overnight across much of Texas -- from Houston west to Eagle Pass on the Rio Grande and north to the Red River between Childress and Paris. That area is under a wind advisory until midday Friday.

    Strong Winds and Cold Temperatures Move Through West TexasStrong Winds and Cold Temperatures Move Through West Texas

    Strong winds and cold temperatures moved through west Texas Thursday night, which will continue to push towards DFW on Friday morning.

    (Published Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018)

    A Winter Storm Watch was downgraded Thursday to a Winter Weather Advisory for the areas west of a line from Jacksboro to Lampasas between 3 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday. That advisory was canceled Friday morning for all counties except Stephens and Eastland.

    The Texas Department of Transportation pre-treated roads with brine Tuesday and Wednesday in anticipation of the wintry weather.

    What to Expect on the Roads Thursday AfternoonWhat to Expect on the Roads Thursday Afternoon

    With a strong storm system moving into North Texas, we could have a few rough commutes ahead of us. Rain, high wind and some wintry weather could slow things down Thursday evening though Friday. NBC 5 Meteorologist and Traffic Reporter Samantha Davies has information on road conditions.

    (Published Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018)

    On Wednesday, the NTTA said their crews will also pre-treat elevated surfaces with brine to prevent ice formation.

    TxDOT road crews began treating several overpasses Tuesday along North Texas highways, including U.S. 75, Interstate 635, Interstate 35 and Interstate 30 with brine, which is a salt water solution that prevents ice and snow from sticking to road surfaces.

    The brine is being put down early because it must be in place before any precipitation falls. A secondary benefit to preventing the formation of ice and packing of snow, is that the application of brine is far cheaper than ice removal after the fact.

    The brine "will create a slush and prevent the ice from bonding onto the roadway," said Val Lopez, TxDOT spokesman. "Anything elevated is subject to freezing over. That's what we focus on."

    Lopez noted TxDOT's 500 pre-treatment staff members can treat roads with brine up to a week in advance of winter weather.

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    NBC 5's Courtney Gilmore contributed to this report.

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