North winds arrive in DFW, bringing an afternoon chill

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The operative word for North Texas today, and for the next few days, is flannel.

North winds arrived during the noon hour Sunday and cold temperatures are right behind it.

"Temperatures will keep dropping during the day," said meteorologist Matt Bishop at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. "During that noon hour, we saw a drop of 10 degrees."

As of 2 p.m. Sunday, it was 57 degrees at Dallas//Fort Worth Airport, the official reporting site for DFW. At the same time, it was 38 degrees in Amarillo and 29 in Dalhart near Amarillo. The high today at DFW Airport reached 67 degrees, at 11 a.m.

If snow flurries don't materialize early Monday, the 29-degree temperatures North Texans will awake to Monday morning will likely remind them what month it is. North winds will make it feel like 17 degrees early Monday. Time to take care of your plants, pets and pipes, if you haven't done so already.

It's expected to be in the low-20s on Tuesday morning.

After skies clear throughout the day Monday, temperatures will begin to drop, reaching 26 degrees by the next morning.

Elsewhere in the state, light snow with accumulations of up to an inch is possible for Parmer, Castro and Bailey counties along the Texas-New Mexico border west of Lubbock, the weather service said.

Temperatures across the South Plains were expected to reach only the 40s Sunday, with highs even lower for Monday and low temperatures dropping to the teens.

For the Guadalupe Mountains area, forecasters in Midland-Odessa issued a high wind watch for Sunday with 30 to 45 mph winds gusting to near 65 mph.

And for much of West Texas, from the Big Bend all the way north, forecasters advised residents to protect sensitive plants, pets and pipes.

Only the Rio Grande Valley in far South Texas, where temperatures were in the 80s on Saturday, was likely to escape the brunt of the arctic blast.

This report includes material from The Associated Press.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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