Week to start cold in North Texas, but will warm for Stock Show opening

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FORT WORTH -- The Fort Worth Stock Show starts this week, which means North Texans should get ready for cold, damp weather.

But actually, in spite of history, the weather should be pretty nice for the show’s debut on Friday. North Texans will see mostly clear skies with a high in the upper 50s and a low of about 30.

The start of the week, however, will be a different story.

Monday morning’s low will be in the mid-20s, with north winds at 10 mph plunging the wind chill as low as 15 degrees. Areas south and east of Dallas-Fort Worth could see some sleet or freezing rain.

“It looks like we’re back to typical January weather,” said meteorologist Matt Bishop of the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

A storm system that moved through the DFW area overnight Saturday left freezing temperatures, winds and some sleet in its wake.

After reaching a high of 71 on Friday and 66 Saturday, temperatures plummeted overnight to 32 degrees at DFW Airport by 8 a.m., with northerly winds at 17 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Sleet was reported in Addison, Garland, McKinney, Irving, Bridgeport and other areas of North Texas. Pea-sized hail was reported in East Texas, according to NBC 5.

The sun re-emerged in DFW about 8 a.m. The temperature reached 43 degrees Sunday afternoon, and it was 40 degrees just before 4 p.m. Sunday.

Tonight should be partly cloudy, with a low around 26 and north winds at 10 to 15 mph, according to the weather service.

Freezing rain could fall later tonight south and east of an Athens to Temple line, but nothing is expected in the Fort Worth area, forecasters say.

Highs Monday and Tuesday are expected to be in the 40s, with lows in the 20s. The forecast calls for highs in the 50s by Wednesday.

And as for “Stock Show weather,” it’s really just “January in Texas” weather. The average high in January is 56 degrees, the average low is 35, and the average rainfall amount is just over two inches.

The Stock Show runs from Friday through Feb. 9.

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