First the good news. Forecasters believe there is a chance drought-plagued Hunt County could receive some significant rainfall during the next few days.

On the other hand, some of the precipitation could come in the form of ice and/or snow by the end of this week, as an arctic cold front blasts its way into the area.

Gary Woodall, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth, said the possibility of freezing rain, sleet or snow depends on timing.

“That's a typical setup for us,” Woodall said. “How much cold air will filter in before the precip shuts off?”

City of Greenville Director of Public Works Massoud Ebrahim is hoping for rain, lots of rain, but is already taking steps in the event of a worst case scenario.

“We’re going to be ready for it, whatever it is,” Ebrahim said.

As of Monday evening, the National Weather Service was predicting a good chance of showers and thunderstorms overnight, with a slight chance of rain this morning and a high of around 76 degrees.

Wednesday afternoon and evening is when things start to get tricky. There was another chance of rainfall forecast during the day, with a high again in the mid-70s, before everything changes. Thunderstorms were likely Wednesday night, right before the front blows through, dropping temperatures down to about 35 degrees.

The rain is expected to continue Thursday, as temperatures continue to fall below freezing and into the upper 20s, with freezing rain during the afternoon and a slight chance of a wintry mix overnight.

“At this point, it looks like a decent rain event, maybe one to two inches for Hunt County,” Woodall said. “Again, at this point, it appears most of it will fall as rain or cold rain. Timing of the depth of the cold air will be critical in determining how much freezing results.”

Ebrahim began taking action Monday afternoon, by informing necessary personnel of the potential for freezing weather, while also preparing the chat spreader and other trucks and equipment which may be needed.

While he hopes his crews won’t have to deal with a frozen mess, Ebrahim said the rain will certainly be welcome.

The water level on Lake Tawakoni was reported Monday at 425.49 feet.

“Today we hit 12 feet below the spillway and 12 feet is very substantial,” Ebrahim said.

The City of Greenville’s pump on Tawakoni cannot operate below 425 feet, but was still working as of Monday morning.

“It might not be operational within a few days,” Ebrahim said.

Should the intake fail, the City of Greenville would be unable to obtain water from Tawakoni to maintain the municipal reservoir system. The city recently purchased a new pump system which would allow water to be obtained below the 425 feet level.

“We are working with the company to get that as soon as possible,” Ebrahim said, adding there will be no cause for alarm even if the new pumps aren’t installed right away, as the municipal reservoir system can supply local needs for up to four months.

“Our reservoirs are in relatively good shape,” Ebrahim said. “We are not going to do any rationing.”

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