Last Updated: February 4, 2011 - 8:08 a.m.
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Widespread snow over North Texas overnight is adding to travel woes in our area.
1-3" of snow is common in North Texas, with heavier 4-7" snowfall amounts on the ground from Dallas & Collin counties back to the north and northeast. As of 7:30 a.m, there was another band of heavier snow ranging from Granbury to Mineral Wells & Weatherford up to Gainesville. Snowfall rates in this band approach 1-2" per hour. This band is moving north with a drift to the east and will be moving into DFW after 8am.
All snow should taper off by late morning over North Texas, but temperatures will stay well below freezing today, keeping ice and snow on the ground for the afternoon and evening commute as well.
This is a very light, powdery snow, which can make it very difficult to predict snowfall totals. It does not take as much water to make an inch of snow. For example, with usual snow, one inch of rain equals 12 inches of snow. But with the snow that North Texas is seeing on Friday morning, one inch of rain would equal about 20 inches of snow. Looking at that ratio, a smaller rain equivalent would produce more snow.
The low water content is keeping this snow light and fluffy. It will not be ideal for making snowballs, but it will be great for skiers… because we have so many great ski runs here in North Texas.
There may be a few breaks in the clouds on Friday afternoon, and then Friday night temperatures will stay in the upper teens and low 20s. North Texas should be warmed up into the 40s on Saturday afternoon.
Of course, Friday's continued cold temperatures, ice and snow has prompted more closings and delays. Many schools across North Texas are closed for the fourth straight day. Dallas Love Field closed down all runways. DFW International Airport closed down all but three runways and canceled numerous flights.
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