This could be the coldest weather weve seen since February.With a freeze warning in effect for all of North Texas, forecasters are predicting lows will reach the upper 20s. That hasnt happened since Feb. 1 at DFW Airport when it reached 29 degrees.Most areas will probably see temperatures below freezing for at least six hours. It wont be considered a hard freeze but those living in outlying areas might need to think about covering up exposed pipes.It will probably be about 27 in downtown Fort Worth, but it could be 23 in places like Alliance or outlying areas, said National Weather Service meteorologist Nick Hampshire.The average first freeze for the DFW area is Nov. 22 but this cold spell is unusual.This will be the earliest first freeze since Nov. 13, 2000, when it got down to 32 degrees.This is pretty abnormal to be this cold, this early, Hampshire said. Normally the first freeze, we just reach freezing, but this one is much stronger.And freezing temperatures are expected as far south as Lufkin and just north of Austin.For the rest of Tuesday locally, it will remain blustery with winds between 20 and 30 mph and wind chills dipping into the 30s.Dennis Cavanaugh, another weather service meteorologist, noted: For those who like cold weather, theyll get their dose of it. But if not, it wont be for long. By Thursday, highs should be back in the high 50s, with the low 60s expected on Friday.By Sunday, highs likely will be close to 70.There will also be a slight chance of rain Thursday through Sunday, but forecasters arent expecting soaking rains for the DFW area. Staff writer Bill Miller contributed to this report.
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