Gusty winds knock out power to thousands in Dallas-Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH _ A cold front hauled in strong north winds overnight, knocking out power to thousands of residents in North Texas early Tuesday and brought colder temperatures.

At its peak at 1 a.m. Tuesday, Oncor reported about 10,000 customers without power in Tarrant and Dallas counties as winds of up to 46 mph knocked down trees and power lines.

In the noon hour Tuesday, there were still 5,500 customers without power, said Oncor officials said.

A wind advisory from the National Weather Service expired at noon Tuesday after winds stayed at 25 to 35 mph, gusting to 45 mph Tuesday morning.

The high Tuesday is predicted to be 56, a drop of 32 degrees from Monday's 88, which tied a record high for the date.

And North Texans better bundle up Wednesday morning as freezing temperatures are expected to return.

"Depending on where you live, we could see some freezing temperatures," said meteorologist Joe Harris at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth on Tuesday.

The low in Tarrant County for Wednesday will be about 32 degrees.

Warmer temperatures come back on Thursday and Friday as forecasters are calling for the highs in the 70s. Lows in the mornings those days will be in the 40s.

Another cold front arrives this weekend bringing with it some good chances of rain.

The rains could start Saturday afternoon and there's a 40 percent chance of wet stuff for Saturday night. It increases to 50 percent chance on Sunday.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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