From Tornado Watches yesterday to Freeze Warnings tonight. A strong cold sweep through DFW just before midnight; temperatures have fallen from 74° at 11pm down to 47° by 6am. Wind chills this morning are in the 30’s so a winter coat is needed. We are expecting dry weather over the next several days but the story becomes the wind and the cold.
A Wind Advisory is in effect today for north Texas. We are expecting wind gusts up to 40 mph across the day:
Highs today will only get into the mid-50’s. This is a high more typical of the first day of January, not the 14th day of the 4th month. A high of 55° would tie for the lowest maximum for this date (55° in 2007)
The skies will clear as the day goes on. It’ll be mostly sunny this afternoon but clear skies tonight and the lower of the wind speeds will mean a very cold night. There is a FREEZE WARNING out for a large part of north Texas. It includes Tarrant County but not Dallas County.
The urban core should stay a few degrees above freezing but outlying areas to the north could get down to the 20’s.
It shouldn’t be this cold this late into Spring. The last freeze at DFW was on March 5th. If we hit the forecasted low of 33° tonight it’ll tie a record low set back 86 years ago. A 33° night in the month of April? That’s happened only three times in the last 30 years.
If you were like many who started putting in their flower beds and vegetables when it was in the 80’s last week you’ll need to cover them up tonight to protect from frost. You can also do a deep watering very late tonight or early in the morning to protect the plants and their shallow roots from freezing.
It doesn’t look like 80° days will return anytime soon. The rest of the work week highs will stay in the 60’s:
The next 80° day in fact looks to be about ten days away.