Winter Arrives Tonight
The official start of the Winter is actually the 21st of this month. The FEEL of winter arrives tonight however with the coldest air we’ve experience so far this season. Included: some flurries in the air tomorrow morning just as the day starts.
Today the high reached in the upper 60′s just before the front swept through the metro area before the noon hour. Winds will only pick up as the night goes on, pushing the temperatures down to below-freezing by tomorrow morning.
We are watching a strong upper-air disturbance move across New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle. This is going to put about an inch of snow on the ground around Lubbock.
As this system moves toward north Texas it runs out of moisture. The closest a “dusting” of snow gets to the metro is in Bowie to the west in Clay county. This could reach into Cooke county as well.
For the metro area we only get some flurries whipping around in the air. Winds will be out of the north 15-25 mph making for wind chills in the teens. Winter coats, winter gloves, hats on the kids before you send them out the door!
Highs tomorrow are only going to get into the mid-40′s. Skies will start to clear by late afternoon as the winds start to diminish some. Overnight the temperatures are really going to fall, all the way down to about 23° at DFW.
This will be our first hard freeze of the season for the metro area and southern counties. This brings the official end of the growing season (one of the longest ones on record). If the low verifies it’ll be the coldest morning we’ve had this year (the coldest night in all of January or February was 25° on 2/12). Pipes will freeze in temperatures like this so make sure to take the necessary precautions.
It’ll be in the 20′s again on Wednesday morning before the temperatures start to moderate again. While it won’t be a warm as its been earlier in the month it will be mild. Highs in the 60′s all the way to the weekend. There is a chance for some strong storms on Friday night.