By Jeff Ray, CBS 11 NewsBy Jeff Ray

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Fine weather for a Thursday! We will reach the mid-60s under sunny skies. A little bit of a west wind should blow through during the afternoon hours (10 to 15 mph at times). And that nice weather is going to be even more wonderful on Friday.

After a morning in the upper 30s, North Texas should reach 70 degrees on Friday. That will be the warmest day of the month and the best day for your first patio lunch of the new year. People will surely try to start the weekend a little early.

Then, high temperatures on Saturday might hit 70 degrees as well, if the clouds can manage to stay out of the way during the afternoon hours. There is a chance of rain creeping up from the south. That rain might arrive by Saturday night, but it will most likely be early Sunday morning.

The rain will be light and primarily focused on the southern counties of North Texas. Expect this to continue on-and-off throughout Sunday, along with mild conditons around 60 degrees. Winds will start picking up as well, because big changes are just around the corner.

After the mild weekend, we will all head back to work and back to winter. Monday will be cloudy and windy with occasional rain. High temperatures could again reach 60 degrees. But a cold front is lurking just to the northwest, and it will come at us on Tuesday.

The chances of us not having a weather-related inconvenience by Wednesday are small-to-slim, and ‘slim’ just rented out his house for the week to a family from Pittsburgh and headed for the Keys. As it stands, the temperatures should start to drop on Tuesday from some big north winds. Rain will change over to a wintry mix by Tuesday evening. Then, North Texas might stay below freezing all day on Wednesday.

This of this as Mother Nature taking the February calendar right off of the wall and giving you a bracing slap to the cheek, as a reminder that there are still two cold months of winter left for North Texas. Fortunately, one of those months is only 28 days long.

After those frigid days next week, Super Bowl weekend could get interesting. Some weather models point to rain on Saturday that will leave on Sunday as cold air arrives. Other weather models are saying that the weekend will be warm and dry. Unfortunately, it is still too early to really see which one will be correct. We will continue to watch this situation as it unfolds.

Just remember – Super Bowl wagering is not legal outside of Las Vegas, and that includes placing bets on the day’s weather.