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January 30, 2014

Hop on the winter weather roller coaster in North Texas

High on Friday could get to 70, with chances of freezing rain or sleet late Sunday and early Monday.

The operative words for North Texas weather in the next few days: lots of changes. In other words, more of the same.

For instance Thursday, forecasters have issued a wind advisory for North Texas in effect from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. because south winds will be at 20 to 25 mphs with gusts up to 35. At 7:30 a.m., winds were already at 15 to 20 mph in the Fort Worth area.

A red flag warning for extreme fire danger is out Thursday in areas to the west of a line from Cisco to Mineral Wells to Montague. Strong dry winds along with low humidity levels could create problems in those areas.

Temperatures were cold Thursday morning but the National Weather Service in Fort Worth is predicting daytime temperatures in the upper 50s. High temperatures on Friday could be in the lower 70s.

North Texans could see patchy drizzle late Friday and early Saturday before a cold front arrives Saturday afternoon. Highs on Saturday will be in the lower 60s but temperatures start to drop once the front comes through.

Sunday morning temperatures will be in the 30s and the high will be 40 degrees.

An upper-level disturbance joins the cold weather on Sunday and that could give many North Texans a chance of freezing rain or sleet late Sunday and early Monday. Most of the wintry mix will be to the west and north of Fort Worth. Forecasters are predicting the best chances of the wintry mix are northwest of a line from Comanche to Fort Worth to Bonham.

“We’re going to see quite a bit of changes in the weather in the next few days,” said meteorologist Matt Bishop at the NWS in Fort Worth. “The upper-level disturbance is one of the factors.”

On Monday, it’s going to be mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Daytime temperatures will be in the mid-40s.

Again on Tuesday, forecasters say it’s going to be cloudy with a 40 percent chance of moisture.

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