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Spring Rains to Winter Winds

(credit: KTVT/KTXA) Jeff Ray
Jeff joined CBS 11 and TXA 21 in December 2010. He came to North T...
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The Sunday weather story is all about the winter wind. It started to crank up just as the morning started and stayed strong and gusty all day long into the evening. We spent the day under a wind advisory as gusts hit over 40-mph in many locations. The temperatures slowly dropped all day; from the mid-50’s in the morning down to the low 40’s by afternoon:

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The strong winds made the temperatures feel about ten degrees colder. Combined with the low cloud deck it made for a very “January” day here in mid-March.

Before the winter winds arrived we enjoyed some spring rains. This was the biggest rain event since the very first day of December. Spring starts on Thursday so we almost went an entire season without a good rain. Below you can see a corridor of 1″ plus rains that stretched across Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Collin counties:

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Yes, that’s 2.89″ of rain reported in Anna. This helps our water reservoirs: Lake Granbury, Lake Nocona and Lake Ray Hubbard are all at record low levels.

The winds will start to slacken overnight as the skies clear.  This is setting us up from a VERY cold morning. The “average” low for this time of year is in the upper-40’s. Monday morning we’ll see most areas outside of the metroplex get down to freezing or below:

NTX Overnight Lows

So bundle up the kids as they return from Spring Break. As a surface high moves to the east we start getting the warmer return winds. By afternoon we should have enough of a southwest wind and sunshine to get us to around 60 degrees for a high:

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Another cold front arrives on Tuesday. This does not have brutal cold air behind it. We’ll start the morning with a south wind but it veers to the northwest after the front comes through. We’ll still get highs in the mid-70’s:

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The next chance of rain arrives after the official start of Spring on Thursday. Another front comes through north Texas Friday night. It will stall to the our south and return as a stationary front over the weekend. This will put a chance of rain in our forecast starting late Friday night all the way into Sunday. The warmest day will be Friday, the best chance of rain will be Sunday:

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Here is the extended. See you on-air next weekend!  -J.Ray

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