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Clouds Keeping Temperatures Unseasonably Mild

By Garry Seith, CBS 11 News
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An electric pylon towers into the cloudy afternoon sky. (credit: DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

An electric pylon towers into the cloudy afternoon sky. (credit: DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Once again, clouds were over North Texas through the overnight hours and into Thursday morning, acting like a blanket to keep conditions unseasonably mild. Temperatures on Thursday morning were around 65 degrees for much of the area. The average morning low at DFW Airport is 39 degrees. Do the math – most of us across North Texas were about 25 degrees above normal!

The cloud cover will stick around for much of Thursday, which means the Metroplex will slowly climb out of the 60s and into the low 70s later in the day. Low 70s in February! Thursday will end with partly cloudy skies and a breeze.

More cloud cover is expected to blanket the region again on Thursday night, and most of us will wake up in the low 60s again on Friday morning. Expect more temperatures in the mid-to-upper 70s on Friday. After all that ice and snow at the beginning of the month, this is turning out to be one great week!

However, we are watching a cold front as it slowly approaches from the north on Friday afternoon and into Friday evening. That front will be well removed from its accompanying low pressure system, which works into the Great Lakes and, eventually, up into the Hudson Bay of Canada.

What does all of that mean? Well, there won’t be a lot of punch with this cold front.

But it also means that North Texans will see a small chance of rain in the forecast, as the front stalls out and lingers over the area throughout the weekend. Right now, the CBS 11 Storm Team is carrying a 20 percent chance for showers or isolated thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday, with the chances getting slightly better on Presidents Day.

This pattern remains mild through next week. But we’re not quite done with winter yet. Longer-term model guidance indicates another shot of cold air for next weekend – February 26 and 27. That means our March will indeed come in like a lion.

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