NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Chilly weather is on the way to North Texas. After a couple of pleasant days, with temperatures in the 70s, get ready for some much cooler weather by the weekend.

Temperatures have climbed into the upper 70s thanks to sunshine and south winds. Expect another mild day Thursday before a cold front gets here on Friday.

Rain chances will increase starting Thursday. During the day on Thursday there will be more cloud cover and a few passing showers are possible. South winds will bring moisture up from the Gulf of Mexico and that moisture return could squeeze out the rainfall.

The cold front arrives on Friday. This will generate showers and thunderstorms during the day and possibly into Friday night. Temperatures behind the front will drop off rapidly and by Saturday morning North Texas will see temperatures in the 40s.

Expect the chilly temperatures to linger on Saturday, with the day dry but cool, with a high in the 60s. There will be a mix of sun and clouds on Saturday, but clouds will quickly return on Sunday.

Sunday will be the coolest day we have seen this season, with morning lows in the 40s and highs in the 50s. In addition, it is likely that rain will move in on Sunday. The timing of that rain is a little uncertain as one model has North Texas very wet all day Sunday and the other model holds the rain off until Sunday night into Monday.

Monday’s high temperatures are expected to be in the 50s.

Today is Winter Weather Awareness Day here in the state of Texas. It is a day to be reminded of how dangerous Texas winter weather can be. The event also aims at helping Texans think about what they need to do to prepare for the upcoming winter season. A lot of it is common sense about keeping blankets in your car and other emergency aid items. But it is also a reminder of how dangerous cold weather can be.

“Winter storms are considered deceptive killers because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. People die in traffic accidents…from heart attacks while shoveling snow…and from hypothermia from prolonged exposure to the cold. Everyone is potentially at risk during winter storms. The actual threat depends on your specific situation. Most of the deaths that are related to ice and snow occur in automobiles and many others occur because people are caught out in the storm. About half of the people that die as a result of prolonged exposure to the cold are over 60 years of age and about one quarter of those victims are at home.” – from the National Weather Service

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