Damaging Winds Overnight – The first big weather story overnight and this morning was the wind. Between midnight and 4 AM, wind gusts peaked in the 40s with the strongest winds in the Metroplex and toward the northeast. Cleburne registered the strongest gust and Sulphur Springs was not far off. It was strong enough create sporadic power outages with knocked down trees and power lines.
Winds have lessened since early this morning to generally 15-25 mph sustained winds, which is less than Wind Advisory criteria. But, gusts to 35-40 mph are still possible during the morning hours. The Wind Advisory covers most of North Texas. I expect we’ll have a hard time meeting the wind advisory criteria through noon, so the advisory may drop before then.
Roller Coaster Temps – The other part of the weather story is the temperature crash. And it’s certainly a crash considering how we spiked to 88 degrees yesterday tying the daily record high set in 1955 – the warmest day this year and the warmest since November 1st. Temperatures have fallen more than 40 degrees from that level at DFW down to 45 this morning. Temps dipped into the low 40s across Tarrant County and for points west and north.
Last night’s cold front ushered in a cool, clear pattern for today and tomorrow. Clear skies tonight along with light winds will set the stage for colder temperatures Wednesday morning. Most areas will flirt with the freezing mark, so bring those plants indoors or cover them up. Temperatures begins to rebound Thursday as winds shift back to the south and stay on through the weekend. We are still watching for storms this weekend. Right now, the timing is looking like late Saturday night we’ll get storms to the west along a cold front that will come through all of North Texas Sunday to bring a 60 percent chance for showers and storms.
Winter Storm In Big Ten Country – Even though the weather has been a roller coaster in the temperature department for North Texas, we have managed to stay pretty quiet compared to other parts of the country. The powerful upper low over the Northern Plains is setting the stage for a winter storm stretching from the Gopher State to the Buckeye State. You can see the Winter Storm Warnings highlighted in pink below along with forecast snowfall. Chicago is expecting up to 9 inches of snow with a few locations possibly higher. The Twin Cities will get up to a foot in spots.