Surprise, surprise! Much of the Denton area received a blanket of snow Saturday morning after a strong cold front moved through North Texas, carrying the threat of tornadoes and flash flooding.

Residents enjoyed the show while they could — although temperatures began rising throughout the day. The snow started melting in the afternoon and grassy areas were mostly clear by early evening.

The snowfall in Denton tapered off by midday with some flurries still lingering. Matt Stalley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the small band of snow moved through Denton County early Saturday morning and brought about 2-3 inches of snow.

Stalley said the roads were mostly snow-covered rather than ice-covered, so drivers can manage to get to their destinations as long as they go slowly and carefully.

“The best thing to do this morning is to stay inside and stay warm — enjoy the rare snow here in North Texas,” Stalley said on Saturday.

The weekend weather will warm up, with temperatures reaching about 40 degrees Saturday afternoon. After overnight lows in the 30s, Sunday’s high is expected to reach 60 degrees.

ZAIRA PEREZ can be reached via Twitter at @zairalperez.

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