Arctic front headed for North Texas, rain expected later

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North Texans had better enjoy the weather on Veterans Day because frigid temperatures are on the way, and by the end of the week, the possibility of thunderstorms.

Today should be wonderful in North Texas with partly sunny skies and highs in the lower 70s for those honoring military veterans.

But an arctic front arrives Tuesday morning, bringing lower temperatures. A slight chance of rain is also predicted. The high Tuesday is expected to be 50 degrees, but the cold front is packing some strong north winds, according to the National Weather Service.

“With the north winds, the wind chill will make it feel about 35,” meteorologist Dan Shoemaker said at the weather service office in Fort Worth. “All the clouds clear out by Tuesday night and it will be cold on Wednesday morning.”

Forecasters are calling for temperatures of 29 or 30 degrees for Tarrant County on Wednesday morning, giving North Texas its first official freeze this fall. Last year, the first freeze was recorded at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport on Dec. 10, when it dipped to 30 degrees.

Though it will be around 30 degrees in Tarrant County, counties to the west and north of Fort Worth will be at 23 or 24 degrees Wednesday morning, forecasters say. High temperatures for Wednesday will be in the mid-40s.

It will be a repeat Thursday morning with temperatures in the lower 30s in DFW, forecasters say. It will get a little warmer during the day when temperatures reach the mid-50s.

By weeks’ end, morning temperatures will be in the low 40s with daytime highs in the 60s.

Rain chances return Thursday night and stay in the forecast for several days, according to the latest forecast.

“We’re going to have a springlike system come though giving us some chances of thunderstorms for several days,” Shoemaker said. Rain is possible Friday, Saturday and Sunday, he said.

Shoemaker said the best chance of thunderstorms will be Saturday afternoon and evening.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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