Cold front sends temps div­ing in Fort Worth

Star-Telegram - - Front Page - BY JACK HOWLAND jhow­[email protected]­

A cold front moved into the Dal­las-Fort Worth re­gion Thurs­day morn­ing, bring­ing light rain that stopped by evening and a grad­ual cool­ing ex­pected to con­tinue.

The tem­per­a­ture was around 64 de­grees at 5 a.m. Thurs­day but dropped at an in­cre­men­tal pace with each hour, hit­ting 43 by 1 p.m., ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice in Fort Worth. It could dip as low as around 38 in the early hours of Fri­day, the fore­cast in­di­cates.

The high Fri­day is only ex­pected to reach about 52. Be­fore sun­rise on Satur­day — typ­i­cally the cold­est time of any day — the low is again fore­cast to be near 38, ac­cord­ing to the weather ser­vice.

And though tem­per­a­tures are fore­cast re­turn to the 70s this week­end, the cold is ex­pected to re­turn with a vengeance Mon­day, with

plung­ing tem­per­a­tures that could fall be­low freez­ing.

The low early Tues­day morn­ing is fore­cast to be around 26. The low early Wed­nes­day morn­ing is fore­cast to be around 25.

“This week­end’s go­ing to be re­ally nice. Con­di­tions are go­ing to change big time on Mon­day and cer­tainly into Tues­day,” said La­mont Bain, a weather ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist. “The im­por­tant mes­sage is don’t think this pleasant weather’s go­ing to stick around for the week.”

The re­gion saw its first freeze of the sea­son Hal­loween night into the next morn­ing, Bain said, and peo­ple should ex­pect un­sea­son­ably cold tem­per­a­tures to con­tinue in the days ahead.

Tem­per­a­tures be­gan fall­ing Thurs­day with the cold front, and tem­per­a­tures pred­i­cated for Fri­day and early morn­ing Satur­day are well be­low av­er­ages, Bain said.

For in­stance, the av­er­age low at DFW Air­port for Fri­day is 49, com­pared to the an­tic­i­pated low of 38.

But warmer winds and tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to re­turn to the re­gion through­out Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to the weather ser­vice. The high Satur­day is ex­pected to reach around 66 de­grees and the high Sun­day is ex­pected to reach around 71 de­grees.

But cooler tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to re­turn Mon­day and drop through­out the day, Bain said.

“By the time peo­ple head home from work or school on Mon­day,” he said, “they’re go­ing to no­tice a pretty large change in terms of the tem­per­a­tures.”

Weather ser­vice records show the record low at DFW Air­port for Tues­day is 21 de­grees, set in 1911, and the pre­dicted low of around 26 would be close. The record low for Wed­nes­day is also 21 de­grees, set in 1907, com­pared to the pre­dicted low of 25.

Bain noted those pos­si­ble lows are “within strik­ing dis­tance” and any­thing can hap­pen.

MAX FAULKNER [email protected]­

A cold front moved into the Dal­las-Fort Worth re­gion Thurs­day, caus­ing tem­per­a­tures to drop. It was ex­pected to reach 38 Fri­day morn­ing and an­other cold front early next week was fore­cast to bring be­low-freez­ing tem­per­a­tures.

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