Dark clouds and freezing rain are expected to greet students for their first week of the spring semester.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon warning North and Central Texas residents of impending freezing rain, sleet and snow. Temperatures are set to drop rapidly throughout the evening with strong winds of 20 to 30 mph, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Fort Worth.
North Texas should see a mix rain and sleet Monday evening before the temperatures drop below freezing and light snow begins to fall early Tuesday morning. Fort Worth can expect about a half inch of snow Monday night, according to the advisory, while nearby counties may get up to two inches.
While those on campus prep for a chill evening, students who are still on their way back to TCU should be cautious on the road and be vigilant of frozen surfaces.
The advisory warns that roads and bridges may be icy from the precipitation and low temperatures. Anyone traveling from the south or east to Fort Worth Tuesday can expect slippery, dangerous roads.
The NWS posted some safety tips on Twitter to help drivers navigate these conditions. It advised travelers to leave significant spaces between vehicles, avoid sudden turns or brakes, steer gently in the direction of a skid and to keep emergency items like blankets and flashlights in the car.
With sub-freezing temperatures & wintry precipitation expected, remember your “4 P’s”. Also, here are some winter driving safety tips! #ctxwx #dfwwx #txwx pic.twitter.com/zXC9Kyo1A7
— NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) January 15, 2018
According to university policy, the school tries to let students know if the school will be closed by 6 a.m. that day or, in rare cases when they are confident in the weather forecast, the night before. Administrators determine closings by monitoring weather and travel conditions through the NWS and the city of Fort Worth.
However, if the university closes, employees providing essential services related to health services, the presence of a residential student community or facilities used by the public are not excused.
Students will recieve a TCU alert message in the event of a closing.