Out­ly­ing areas could see first freeze Sat­ur­day morn­ing

Star-Telegram - - Front Page - BY BILL HANNA bill­hanna@star-tele­gram.com Bill Hanna: 817-390-7698; @fwhanna

It’s time to bring sen­si­tive plants in­doors or cover them with a tarp — the first freeze is on the way Sat­ur­day morn­ing.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice has is­sued a freeze watch for parts of North Texas as cold air is ex­pected to drop tem­per­a­tures to 32 de­grees at the doorstep of Fort Worth and Dal­las. Parker, Wise and Den­ton coun­ties are all in­cluded in the freeze watch, so don’t be sur­prised if a few places in Tar­rant County drop to 32 de­grees.

“I ac­tu­ally think some of the out­ly­ing areas around Fort Worth may briefly see freez­ing tem­per­a­tures around sun­rise Sat­ur­day,” said Na­tional Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Steve Fano. “It may sneak into north­west Tar­rant County in low-ly­ing places around Ea­gle Moun­tain Lake and Lake Worth.”

Even if it stays above freez­ing, sen­si­tive veg­e­ta­tion could be harmed by tem­per­a­tures in the mid-30s.

The cool weather is a lit­tle early. The aver­age first freeze date for the Dal­las-Fort Worth area is Nov. 22.

“The Metro­plex will prob­a­bly have a bet­ter chance Tues­day or Wed­nes­day morn­ing as we get an­other shot of cold air,” Fano said.

The cool, wet weather may very well stick around this win­ter.

The lat­est fore­cast re­leased Thurs­day shows an 80 per­cent chance of an El Niño form­ing, which in­creases chances for a wet­ter win­ter across Texas.

The Cli­mate Pre­dic­tion Cen­ter’s three-month out­look con­tin­ues to show above-nor­mal pre­cip­i­ta­tion but near-nor­mal tem­per­a­tures this win­ter.

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