A winter storm packing freezing rain and snow is forecast to cut an icy path through the Southern Plains and bring widespread rain to North Texas Saturday as a busy holiday shopping weekend unfolds.
NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston said it's possible a few snowflakes could mix in with rain in areas to the north and northwest of Dallas-Fort Worth Saturday.
No accumulation is expected.
Rain will become steadier and more widespread Friday afternoon and evening. Rain totals of one to three inches are likely through Saturday, and a Flood Watch will be in effect for counties southeast of Dallas Friday afternoon through noon Saturday.
The rain comes as part of a storm system that brought heavy rain and flooding to southern California. The system will move eastward Friday, producing freezing rain and snow in the Texas Panhandle, western Oklahoma and then into the Ozarks of Missouri and Arkansas. Some bursts of heavy snow could develop from eastern New Mexico to southwestern Oklahoma.
Forecasters say snow will envelope Oklahoma and parts of Arkansas and Missouri on Saturday as the storm stretches to the mid-Atlantic, producing freezing rain in Tennessee and Kentucky and snow in western Virginia and North Carolina.
Heavy rainfall is forecast for the Gulf Coast.