Mission Control: National Weather Service Ready for Polar Plunge

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FT. WORTH, TX - Call it forecasting 'Mission Control’. It’s the National Weather Service in Ft. Worth. They're the guys who make sure the bitter blast doesn`t sneak up on you.

As you'd expect things were pretty busy on Sunday.

“Usually, the first winter event of the year, and actually any winter event of the year we get geared up pretty well” said Steve Fano, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, “We've been on social media. We've been updating our forecast, very consistently.”

Well it`s not all numbers and radar. Forecasting winter storms in North Texas takes years of experience and savviness.

“Winter weather forecasting in this part of the world is a little more challenging than other parts of the world since it doesn`t happen all that often,” said Fano. “Applying knowledge from past events is very important to us.”

So what`s the official word on what we can expect from these cold conditions?

Well according to Fano and the National Weather Service computers, we could see a wintry mix of either sleet or snow, starting Sunday evening and going on until about midnight.

So be careful on those overpasses and maybe get your ice scraper out of storage. Old Man Winter is sledding into town.