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North Texas Warming Up Through The Week

By Jeff Ray, CBS 11 News
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The sun shines through a tree's leaves. (credit: PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The sun shines through a tree’s leaves. (credit: PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: KTVT/KTXA) Jeff Ray
Jeff joined CBS 11 and TXA 21 in December 2010. He came to North T...
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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – After yet another morning below freezing, North Texas will see high temperatures top out in the upper 50s on Wednesday. Some high, thin clouds will drift in from the west, but they will not be much of a factor for the area. A moderate west wind and some sunshine should warm us up nicely.

Look for mostly clear skies on Wednesday night with low temperatures a litlte on the chilly side again come Thursday morning. It will be cold, but we should all stay above the freezing mark. Thursday will start with a chill, but like Wednesday, a brisk west wind and sunshine will get our temperatures into the low 60s.

High temperatures in the low 60s might sound nice for January, but it will get even better on Friday! Expect high temperatures in the upper 60s as we head into the weekend. Friday, and maybe Saturday as well, will offer North Texas the warmest days we have had so far this month!

Dry weather is the theme as the weekend approaches, but Saturday will see increasing clouds and a brisk wind. And by Sunday, North Texas will be reminded that it is still winter.

Rain will move up from the south on Sunday. The showers should show up just before the colder air arrives and we will snap back to a winter reality. (There are still 53 days until the start of spring.) After getting high temperatures in the upper 50s on Sunday, North Texas will see highs only in the 40s on Monday, and as we enter a new month on Tuesday. Plus, there could be a little cold rain and windy conditions.

Looking even further ahead in the forecast, long-range computer models are still at odds with what might happen on either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. One model shows it being very, very cold (highs in the 30s) on Wednesday, but dry. Another model shows temperatures in the 50s with a significant amount of rain falling on the area. So far this winter, the cold air has usually won this battle.

But I have been watching the Atlantic Oscillation (Um, haven’t we all? It’s shocking that I never get invited to parties.) and it is starting to tilt back into the positive value. This could make for a return to the mild winter weather like we should be having in North Texas during a La Nina event. It would also suggest that warmer long-range models might be more accurate.

For what it’s worth, this far out, the Super Bowl weekend looks like it will be mild and dry.

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