Heavy rain and a wintry mix will accompany a push of cool air across Texas early this week, just days after record heat baked the state.
A significant push of cool air will dive southward across Texas into Tuesday, putting an end to the July-like heat that smashed numerous records on Friday and Saturday.
“Highs will be around 55 degrees Fahrenheit lower in Amarillo on Monday compared to Saturday,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said.
In Dallas, temperatures will drop over 30 degrees from the upper 80s on Saturday to the lower 50s on Tuesday.
A storm pivoting out of the Southwest will run into the fresh chill on Monday. Areas of snow, ice and rain will develop as a result.
Snow, ice may cause slick spots from Amarillo to Lubbock
A wintry mix of snow and ice will expand eastward from New Mexico into the Texas Panhandle into Monday.
“As hard as it is to believe, there will be some snow and wintry mix with this storm just days after areas reached or exceeded 90,” Pydynowski said.
Given the recent heat, much of the wintry precipitation will melt as soon as it hits the ground.
Still, motorists should not let their guard down, especially on bridges and overpasses where icy spots can develop quickly. This includes along portions of interstates 27 and 40.
“With the recent heat, accumulations are most likely on grassy and non-paved surfaces,” Pydnowski said. “Parts of western Texas will get a slushy inch or two of snow through Monday night.”
Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico, will also pick up several inches of snow by Monday night. The highest snowfall totals are expected across the Sangre de Cristo mountains in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, where over half a foot may fall.
Soaking rain, localized flooding to threaten San Antonio to Dallas, Houston
Soaking rain, thunderstorms and localized flooding are in store farther south and east where it will remain too mild for any wintry weather.
An area of rain will expand from Midland, Texas, on Monday to Abilene, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, by Monday night. The rain will reach San Antonio, Dallas and Houston late on Monday night into Tuesday.
One to 3 inches of rain is expected to fall along this swath.
While much of the rain will be beneficial given the dry start to the month across the South Central states, there can be areas of low-lying and poor drainage flooding.
In addition to the risk of hydroplaning when traveling at highway speeds, motorists could also face slick spots due to oil buildup.
Travel along portions of interstates 10, 20, 35 and 45 could be slower than normal due to reduced visibility.
The rain and storms will progress eastward along the Gulf Coast and into the Southeastern states from late on Tuesday into the middle of the week.