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January 27, 2014

Single-digit wind chill forecast for the DFW area

Wind gusts exceeded 50 mph in some areas of North Texas early this morning, with wind chills in the single digits forecast for Tuesday.

The latest Arctic blast brought howling winds in excess of 50 mph to DFW early Monday morning but it also knocked down high temperatures by nearly 40 degrees from 24 hours earlier.

And forecasters are predicting it will bring bone-chilling temperatures on Tuesday morning.

“There’s going to be bit of a breeze Tuesday morning and wind chills will be in the single digits,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jennifer Dunn. “Those who are heading out will definitely need to bundle up.”

While it will be cold and dry in DFW, some areas of Southeast Texas could see their second round of icy conditions in a week. A winter storm watch will be in effect from late Monday night through Tuesday evening for Southeast Texas, including the Houston area.

In North Texas, Tuesday will be another cold one with highs in the upper 30s, then dropping into the teens on Wednesday morning.

But this cold snap will be followed by another rapid warmup. By Thursday, it will be back in the 60s and on Friday, highs will reach the 70s.

When the cold front arrived early Monday, it brought strong gusty winds all across Tarrant County.

At 2:34 a.m., DFW Airport recorded a wind gust of 53 mph. Other locations in Tarrant County reported wind gusts in excess of 40 mph, including 46 mph in Grapevine as well as 45 mph at Meacham, Alliance and Arlington Municipal airports.

The strong winds also caused scattered power outages with about 500 customers still without power in Tarrant, Dallas and Collin counties, according to electricity provider Oncor.

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