It’s winter in Texas, which means we’d better keep both shorts and parkas within reach.
After a frigid start — the forecast calls for morning temperatures in the lower 20s, with a wind chill as low as 13 to 18 degrees — Friday should warm up nicely, with highs in the lower 50s.
“Friday will be a little warmer because the south winds return,” said meteorologist Ted Ryan at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. “In the north, they would call this an Alberta Clipper because it’s a quick front that is out of an area in a very short amount of time.”
Saturday will be even nicer, with daytime highs in the upper 60s.
But another strong cold front is scheduled to arrive Saturday evening, and temperatures could drop into the teens for the start of the work week.
Sunday-morning temperatures will likely be in the upper 20s, and the daytime high Sunday won’t make it out of the 30s.
Monday morning’s forecast calls for lows around 19 or 20 in Tarrant County.
It won’t get much warmer during the day, with temperatures in the low 30s.
Tuesday morning could be brutal; residents could awaken to temperatures around 16 degrees. South winds finally return sometime Tuesday, and it should start to warm up again.
The bitterly cold January days are in keeping with the trend.
December, which had average low temperatures just above freezing, was the 12th coldest on record, forecasters said.
At Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, there were 24 freezes in November and December, the highest number in a season.