Icy Roads prep sign

Drivers head northbound Monday on Interstate 35E toward Denton as signs warn of road crews with the Texas Department of Transportation preparing the highways for potentially icy conditions over the next few days.

Move the ugly Christmas sweaters to make room for the big woolly ones. Wintry weather is heading to North Texas.

Meteorologists are calling for possible snow and ice on Wednesday. For now, the bigger travel impacts are expected west of Denton and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth region. But motorists should monitor the forecast for updates on changing conditions, said Monique Sellers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

“A difference [in temperature] of 2 or 3 degrees will determine who sees what kind of winter weather,” Sellers said.

Cold air was expected to begin arriving late Monday afternoon as the rest of the weather-making system arrives Tuesday, beginning with a light rain at the end of the day, Sellers said.

Temperatures are expected to fall into 30s overnight Monday into Tuesday with wind chills dipping into the 20s as north winds increase.

The forecast of what kind of winter weather is expected should be clearer on Tuesday, Sellers said, but meteorologists already expect the main impacts Wednesday.

For now, counties east of the Dallas-Fort Worth region aren’t expected to get cold enough for snow or ice.

Crews with the Texas Department of Transportation began pretreating roads Monday in advance of the weather. Trucks based in the district offices in Dallas-Fort Worth, Amarillo, Lubbock, Abilene, Waco and Austin are applying a magnesium salt solution to bridges, overpasses and other areas prone to icing over. TxDOT urged motorists to give the crews plenty of room should they encounter trucks during travels.

Denton city spokeswoman Jessica Rogers said local street crews are not pretreating, but sanding trucks are loaded and ready to go if icy conditions develop on city streets and intersections.

Property owners should wrap any exposed pipes and shut off automatic sprinkler systems to avoid creating icy hazards on roads and sidewalks.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.

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