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Dallas area braces for worst November winter storm in 20 years

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A Winter Storm Warning is effect for Collin, Dallas, Denton, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise Counties of the DFW Metroplex from 6 a.m. Sunday through noon Monday. Dallas is bracing for a major winter storm, the likes of which we haven’t seen in November in 20 years.

The infamous 1993 “Ice Bowl” Cowboys game was played with ¼” of sleet on the ground; this 2013 storm has the potential to make that one look like a “winter cough” while this one could be a full-blown “winter flu”.

A deep upper low will pass nearly overhead as a well-defined trough Monday night with abundant moisture in place. Meanwhile, a fresh surge of arctic air cools the lower levels of the atmosphere to help in the formation of frozen precipitation. These factors place the Metroplex within or near the path of heavier precipitation.

Storm totals could approach an inch of a sleet/snow combination; paralyzing travel for Monday and into Tuesday. If it turns to all snow, several inches are possible.

Prepare now for this winter storm by checking your supplies of needed medication, batteries, and a NOAA weather radio with battery backup. Plan on not traveling for up to 48 hours. Flights are likely to be cancelled or severely delayed Sunday and Monday. Power supplies can be affected by sleet and freezing rain, both of which are possible during this event, so have plenty of canned food available.

A complete winter safety checklist is available here:

Temperatures should warm above freezing by mid-morning Tuesday, ending this event.

The good news - The roads should be in fine shape by Wednesday as Holiday traffic picks up.