An Ice Storm is Headed Straight for Dallas. For Real This Time.
Two weeks ago, Dallas breathed out a triumphant chuckle when the massive winter storm that promised to encase the city in ice and smother all signs of life arrived instead as a chilly but gentle rain. No way would the weather gods have the chutzpah to mess with the Big D, right?
An artist's rendering of what Dallas will look like the day after tomorrow.
Turns out, the weather cognoscenti weren't wrong about the coming icemageddon, just two weeks premature. Bearing down on Dallas right now is a storm the likes of which WFAA weather guru Pete Delkus has never seen before.
"The Metroplex is going to be entombed in ice," he warned today on Facebook. "It's just a question of how thick will it ultimately get."
The first storm arrives Thursday night. That, Delkus says, will be followed by a "McFarland Signature," which "effectively relocates the North Pole to the state of Kansas, and we will see temperatures dropping to levels we have not experienced in years by early next week.".
"Folks ... this is serious," Delkus concludes.
John Calipari believes it. The University of Kentucky basketball coach requested, probably in jest, that Saturday's matchup against Baylor at AT&T Stadium be postponed.
Of course, hyperbolic freakouts are Delkus' MO. The considerably more staid folks at the National Weather Service are hedging their bets more carefully, declaring an "increase in the likelihood of ice."
We're putting our money on Delkus in this instance. Why? Because this:
Jim Cantore is The Weather Channel's go-to guy for running around the country to cover hurricanes and the like. He doesn't waste his time with cold drizzles. Plus, according to AccuWeather.com, Dallas is being targeted by an angry cactus of ice, rain and snow.
All that's left to be done is stock up on nonperishable food items and bottled water.
Head over the page for the official NWS (National Weather Service, not Not Work Safe) declaration of panic, complete with more capital letters than you can even imagine, and an explanation of how ice storms work.