By Anne Elise Parks

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – After a long, challenging stretch of winter weather, North Texas begins the gradual thawing out process starting Thursday and Friday. Clouds slowly decrease over the next 24 hours, allowing for some welcomed-sunshine, followed by the melting of snow cover and ice throughout the region.

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The one issue here — we’ll be below freezing each morning until Sunday morning when temperatures are slightly warmer. This means that we’ll experience partial-melting each day followed by refreezing at night, so the black ice threat stays high now through most of the weekend.

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By the end of the weekend, a major pattern change is unfolding as the historically cold air mass returns north and southerly flow builds in for the western half of the country.

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As high pressure starts to settle in, we see the return of sunny days with drastically warmer, near average temperatures.

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So just how drastic will this change be? From Thursday to the middle of next week, high temperatures will be 40 degrees warmer. Talk about weather whiplash!

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Anne Elise Parks