Winter’s Last Stand
No doubt you’ve felt the bitter north winds blow all day today behind a very January-like cold front here in mid-April.
There is a WIND ADVISORY still in effect until 9pm tonight. North winds will gust close to 40 mph, so be careful driving high profile vehicles and make sure loose outdoor objects are secure.
As the skies clear tonight and winds drop off, our temperatures will plummet. We’re forecasting temps in the mid 30s in the Metorplex, but below freezing temperatures north and west of the DFW area. That’s where a FREEZE WARNING goes into effect overnight. Urban areas will see freezing temperatures for a couple hours, while more rural areas could see several hours in a row of subfreezing temps. Make sure sensitive plants, flowers, and vegetables are covered! And turn off those automatic sprinkler systems. Bring the pets inside for warmth as well.
Where there is no Freeze Warning, there will be a FROST ADVISORY for the rest of North Texas overnight. Even if the air temp doesn’t get to freezing, the ground or plant surfaces could dip to freezing, forming frost, which could harm of kill some plants. So cover them up to be safe!
Expecting temperatures in the immediate Metroplex, inside loop 820 in Tarrant County and inside loop 12 in Dallas County, to be just above freezing overnight. Otherwise, some of the areas notorious for seeing lower temps will be closer to, if not below, freezing. Areas in Denton & Collin counties, along with northern Tarrant County take note.
It is rare to see these freezing temperatures in mid April. The National Weather Service says this is the latest FREEZE WARNING issued for our area in about ten years. And we’ve only seen 35° in April once in the last 16 years and the last time was in Apri 2003. The ALL-TIME freeze record for DFW is April 13, which we don’t expect to break tonight.
Tomorrow, it will warm back up with sunshine and lighter wind, but still below normal for this time of year.
There is a slight chance of rain on Thursday night, but that doesn’t look significant. There is a better chance of storms on Easter Sunday, not the best timing of course. Stay tuned.