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January 26, 2014

Bitter cold on tap for North Texas this week

A warm weekend turns into a cold week as an Arctic front arrives Monday with strong north winds.

Put away the sandals. Pull out the gloves again.

An Arctic front is scheduled to arrive early Monday, bringing wind-chill readings in the low 20s. This time, the cold will stick around for several days.

At least we had the weekend.

The temperature hit 74 degrees Sunday at DFW Airport. Saturday’s high was 67.

By Monday morning, commuters could see temperatures in the mid-30s, with north winds at 25 to 35 mph, gusting to 45 mph.

“It’s not uncommon to have such a winter weather pattern, that is up and down,” said meteorologist Jennifer Dunn at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth on Sunday. “But this winter, we’ve had very active weather patterns, giving us some extreme weather with more temperature swings.”

Forecasters issued a wind advisory for North Texas from 4 a.m. to noon Monday. The advisory means that sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph are expected, which could make driving difficult for some vehicles.

Boaters should use extra caution on area lakes. Residents should secure trash cans, lawn furniture and other lightweight outdoor objects.

Daytime temperatures won’t warm much beyond the high 30s on Monday.

Wind-chill readings late Monday and Tuesday morning could be as low as 7 to 12 degrees. The low temperatures both nights should be in the lower 20s.

Tuesday will be a carbon copy of Monday. Highs will be in the upper 30s, and the wind chill will be in the single digits Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

For North Texas, no wintery mix is expected. But South Texas might be faced with icy conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Warmer temperatures won’t arrive in North Texas until Thursday, when forecasters call for highs in the lower 60s.

And another nice weekend is likely ahead, with partly cloudy skies and daytime temperatures in the upper 60s.

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