Freezing temperatures usher in the holidays in DFW

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North Texans will need to brace for freezing temperatures through Thursday, but at least it won’t rain on Christmas and it won’t be as windy as it was Sunday, the National Weather Service says.

The DFW area is likely to see temperatures in the mid-20s on Christmas Eve and the low 30s on Christmas Day and the day after, said Dennis Cavanaugh, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Cavanaugh said temperatures will start rising on Christmas Day, with an afternoon high in the mid-50s, but the morning will start out at 32 degrees in Tarrant County and be below freezing near Alliance Airport.

“We did have rain in the forecast on Christmas Day earlier, but we have since removed that from the forecast,” Cavanaugh said.

Though he doesn’t foresee any issues for travelers, Cavanaugh said recent rainfall has left soil and some construction sites saturated with water.

“Anytime the temperatures get in the 20s, any water that gets out in the road is going to freeze pretty quickly,” Cavanaugh said. “Any water that seeps out of construction areas or if anybody happened to leave their sprinklers on … that will freeze the roads.”

Monday morning’s low was 26 degrees. On Sunday the DFW area was hit with freezing northwest wind, but the wind will decrease as the week progresses, Cavanaugh said.

Wind speeds won’t get higher than 10 mph the rest of the week, he said.

Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792 Twitter:@MonicaNagyFWST

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