Chill should linger in DFW for awhile

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Cooler temperatures that accompanied a storm system that moved into DFW early Wednesday morning should be around for a couple of days, weather forecasters say.

The storm system brought gusty winds, rain and hail to areas of North Texas before heading east. By 2 p.m., the worst of the storms had cleared Tarrant County, National Weather Service radar indicated.

But it was jacket weather at Rangers Ballpark for the start of the Rangers-Rays game, which was delayed until 2:30 p.m. The temperature was about 40, with wind chills in the low 30s, reportedly the second-coldest day game at the stadium since it opened in 1994.

Areas north and west of the DFW Metroplex - such as Denton, Gainesville, Mineral Wells and Bowie - are currently under a freeze warning, and the weather service says areas east of those under the warning could see temperatures reach the freezing point briefly.

Low temperatures in the DFW area Thursday morning are expected to be in the upper 30s.

The cold weather system moved into the Dallas-Fort Worth area early Wednesday morning, and "we are not close to the finish," said meteorologist Matt Bishop of the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. But rainfall totals were light in Tarrant County.

The cold front dropped temperatures into the upper 30s and left hail in some areas. Almost an inch of hail was reported in Benbrook shortly after 10:30 a.m., and a similar amount was reported in Irving shortly after noon.

While temperatures were in the upper 70s to lower 80s on Tuesday, forecasters said North Texans would be lucky to see 50 degrees on Wednesday. Sustained northerly winds around 20 to 25 mph on Wednesday are expected to produce wind chill values in the 30s for most of the day.

Thursday will start chilly, with temperatures in the 30s, and should reach a high in the lower 60s.

Warm temperatures are expected to return on Friday when the highs are expected to be around 70, meteorologists says. The same holds true for Saturday, and temperatures are expected to climb into the lower 80s on Sunday.

North Texans should see partly cloudy skies on TMS weekend.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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