At about 10 a.m. Tuesday, freezing rain was falling in parts of Ellis County, which remains under an ice storm warning until 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Officials with the National Weather Service said temperatures will remain below freezing overnight, with periods of light freezing rain and sleet. Ice accumulations of up to one-tenth of an inch and sleet accumulations of up to a half-inch were possible.
“Many roads have become coated with ice and sleet this evening and travel is strongly discouraged,” according to an NWS report. “Roads will remain icy through mid-morning Wednesday as temperatures should remain below freezing until late Wednesday morning.”
The NWS is encouraging the public to stay off the roadways if possible. If travel is absolutely necessary, officials say people should carry an extra blanket, flashlight, food and water with them in their vehicle in the event they become stranded.
The freeze line is expected to include the entire North Texas area by 1 a.m. The precipitation should end across the northwest half of North Texas after midnight, and end across the southeast half of North Texas by early Wednesday morning.
The inclement weather resulted from a shallow arctic airmass colliding with an upper level storm system that came in from the west.
“Temperatures across all of North Texas will remain below freezing through mid-morning Wednesday so any residual water on roadways could create hazardous driving conditions even after the precipitation ends,” the NWS reports.