While Ellis County residents may see brief periods of snow late Sunday or Monday, travel plans won't be heavily impacted, said meteorologist Matt Bishop, with National Weather Service of Fort Worth.

The service is forecasting the area to see showers and thunderstorms Sunday and Monday with a brief mix of snow, he said, but flooding is the real concern.

“I don't think it will be enough snow for any accumulation,” Bishop said. “It will be a problem out west, but this far east, the ground and surface temperature will be warm enough that it won't accumulate.”

Ellis County is under a flash flood watch until 6 a.m. Monday, the service's website stated.

The county should see about 3-6 inches of rain during the three-day period stretching from Saturday to Monday, he said, so residents in flood prone areas should be on the alert and take normal precautions including avoiding driving through standing water over roadways. With grounds saturated from record rainfall this fall, it won't take much in the way of heavy rain pouring down in a short period of time to cause flash flooding, the website stated.

“Please, please, please don't drive through water,” he said.

Temperatures will drop dramatically between Saturday and Monday. Where the high Saturday was 74 degrees, by Sunday night, rain could convert to a wintery mix with temperatures decreasing to 34 degrees. Monday, the high is only expected to be 40 degrees, the website stated.

Those flying out of the area should only see slight delays because of thunderstorms, Bishop said, and those traveling to the panhandle and other areas of west Texas may have to contend with snow at their destinations.


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