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Chilly Temperatures Before Quick Warm-Up

By Jeff Jamison, CBS 11 News
A pedestrian bundles up in the cold weather (credit: AP Photo)

A pedestrian bundles up in the cold weather (credit: AP Photo)

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

On Thursday, the high clouds kept temperatures from climbing too much above 60 degrees, and the wind made it feel quite a bit cooler. Friday, the lower clouds invaded parts of North Texas, giving us mostly cloudy skies.

Saturday will start out much like Friday morning, with mostly cloudy conditions and temperatures in the upper 40s to near 50 degrees. Before a cold front arrives in midday, we should see readings climb into the mid-60s.

Winds will increase out of the north Saturday afternoon and the cold air filters into North Texas.  No rain is expected with the front, just a few clouds in the morning.  Before the cold air arrives, temperatures will manage to make it into the mid to low 60s early in the afternoon on Saturday.  But once the sun goes down temperatures will fall into the 40s with winds gusting to 30 mph.  Bundle up if you have a holiday party or doing some Christmas shopping.  It will be cold and windy Saturday evening.

As the front pulls through, you’ll feel the wind shift out of the north and pick up to 15 to 30 mph! This will drop temperatures in a big way Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. In fact, most of North Texas will see temperatures near freezing first thing Sunday morning. We should see a decent amount of sunshine on Sunday. But with the modified Arctic air in place, high temperatures will only make it into the mid-40s.

Sunday morning temperatures will bottom out around freezing with wind chills in the low 20s Sunday morning as folks head off to church.  Winds will let up during the day on Sunday, but it will be a chilly day with temperatures in the mid 40s despite lots of sunshine.

Sunday night will be the coldest night of the season.  Temperatures will drop in the mid to upper 20s in the metroplex, but some of the colder spots like Keller, Burleson, Denton, McKinney will see temps in the teens early Monday morning.  This will be the coldest morning of the season so far.

Monday will be another chilly day, with a hard freeze in the 20s on Monday morning. But as south winds develop throughout the week, we will be warming up each day — 50s on Monday, 60s on Tuesday, 70s on Wednesday!

Meanwhile, a major snowstorm and cold spell are developing across the eastern third of the United States.

Many parts south and west of the DFW Metro area are entering moderate-to-severe drought conditions. The lack of significant rainfall since September is causing the soils to dry out quickly. Several areas from Breckenridge to Mineral Wells and down toward Athens and Palestine are three to six inches below normal rainfall since the end of September.

With no significant rain in our forecast for at least a week, we will see these conditions get worse and spread. The grass fire dangers will also increase with the dry fuels and the many dry, windy days coming with this North Texas winter.