Low of 39 this morning sets record

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A cold snap had folks in North Texas bundling up before heading to school and work Friday morning as temperatures dipped to a record low 39 degrees.

The temperature shattered the previous record low of 41 set in 1954, said Jesse Moore, meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office. Temperatures dropped to 32 in Mineral Wells and 33 in Denton.

It’s a big drop in the last day or so. While the high temperature on Thursday was 68, it was recorded at 2 a.m. Then a strong cold front pushed through, causing temperatures to plunge between 4 and 5 a.m. Late afternoon temperatures Thursday were in the mid 40s.

People may be able to shed the heavy coats on the way home from work Friday afternoon. The temperature is forecast to be about 64 by late afternoon, although a breeze from northwest winds at 20 to 30 mph may make it feel a little cooler, Moore said.

“The temperature now is still sitting at 39,” Moore said at about 7:30 a.m. Friday. “It may drop another degree or so but the sun’s up now. With abundant sunshine we should still warm up to the lower 60s, but that won’t be until about 4 p.m. this afternoon.”

Heading into the weekend, it should warm to the upper 60s on Saturday and mid 60s on Sunday. The forecast calls for highs in the mid 70s on Monday, lower 80s on Tuesday and mid 80s on Wednesday, Moore said.

Jessamy Brown, 817-390-7326 Twitter: @jessamybrown

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