The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for snow and sleet that remains in effect from midnight tonight until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected or occurring, making travel very hazardous or impossible, forecasters said, saying they expect the precipitation to begin as rain in the northwest parts of North Texas early Wednesday morning before spreading over the area. As temperatures fall to below freezing Wednesday morning, the precipitation will transition to a freezing rain and sleet mixture before changing to all snow by early afternoon.

Total sleet and snow accumulations are expected to range from 1 to 3 inches.

Forecasters warn that a few hundredths of an inch of freezing rain could coat roads and exposed objects before the precipitation transitions to sleet and snow by mid-morning.

All wintry precipitation is expected to taper off during the afternoon, with snow flurries persisting into the evening hours in the eastern counties.

The winter storm warning is in effect for areas along and north of a Comanche to Cleburne to Athens line. Accumulations will range from about 5 inches near the Red River to about an inch on the southern end of the warning area. Wind chills will approach zero degrees in northern North Texas from Wednesday evening through sunrise Thursday.

South of the warning area, a wintry mix of ice and snow is expected, with less than an inch of accumulation.