Brrr! Frigid weather returns to North Texas

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Santa may have left the area a few days ago, but North Pole weather is here.

An arctic front arrived around lunchtime Sunday in North Texas, and light freezing drizzle arrived Sunday evening in many areas.

Forecasters had warned of the possibility of light ice accumulations on roads, bridges and overpasses in Tarrant County and areas north and northwest of Fort Worth. But the closest they got was Parker County, where some wrecks due to the icy roads were reported Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport also experienced slight delays Sunday night because of de-icing problems.

The light freezing drizzle ended in DFW early today, leaving dry roads and highways for the morning commute.

The front, packing strong north winds, hit DFW just after noon Sunday, dropping temperatures at DFW Airport from 50 degrees to 38 degrees by 3 p.m. and 32 by 6 p.m. with a wind chill of 25. That was after a high of 60 on Saturday.

The low this morning at DFW Airport was 29, according to the weather service, with temperatures hovering around freezing overnight and into today. The temperature at 10 a.m. was 32.

“Tuesday morning will be cold again, but the temperatures will start to go up as the week goes on,” weather service meteorologist Jamie Gudmestad said Sunday.

Daytime temperatures today should be in the mid-40s - which some at the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth might consider ideal football weather - and residents should see the 50s on Tuesday.

For the night of New Year’s Eve, forecasters say temperatures will be in the upper 30s with dry weather.

On New Year’s Day, it will be partly cloudy with highs in the lower 60s.

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

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