Heavy rain, frigid temperatures on tap for North Texas

12/19/2013 10:36 AM

12/20/2013 9:37 AM

Last-minute shoppers will need their rain gear and jackets this weekend as an Arctic front makes an appearance in North Texas.

Forecasters say rain could cause flooding in some North Texas areas late Friday and Saturday morning, and frigid temperatures will arrive late Sunday into early Monday.

The cold front is expected to arrive around noon Friday, dropping temperatures and bringing chances of showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.

“We could see temperatures in the low 60s on Friday before the front gets here,” said meteorologist Matt Bishop of the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. “By the afternoon, it’ll drop into the 50s.”

Forecasters say there’s a slight chance of rain during the day Friday, increasing to 90 percent Friday night and 80 percent Saturday.

The heaviest rainfall totals could be in counties along the Red River where forecasters say residents could see up to 3 inches or more. In Tarrant County, residents could have 1 to 2 inches of rain by the end of the day Saturday.

Weekend morning temperatures will be in the 40s and daytime temperatures in the low-50s.

Arctic air arrives Sunday night and that’s when North Texans should turn up the heat.

The low for Monday should be in the upper-20s.

“It should be cold and dry on Monday morning,” Bishop said. “Now if there’s still puddles around from the rains, that could cause some problems.”

The rest of Christmas week looks great if you need to get out.

Daytime temperatures on Monday and Tuesday should be in the mid-50s.

And forecasters say Christmas Day will be bright. Morning temperatures on Christmas should be in the 30s warming to 55 during the day under sunny skies.

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