North Texas is going to feel more like the North Pole for a few days.
Thursday’s forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of snow, possibly a quarter- to a half-inch in Tarrant County, said Jennifer Dunn, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.
What’s even more certain is that it will be cold. The overnight low was expected to dip into the midteens. Strong north winds and a predicted high of 27 will make for wind chill readings of 4 to 15 for most of the day.
Wednesday’s temperatures set the stage for the latest blast of winter. The high was 38, but that was at 12:25 a.m., Dunn said. The mercury had slipped to 25 by Wednesday evening and was still headed down.
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A wind chill advisory will be in effect from 3 a.m. to noon Thursday, with subzero readings west and north of Fort Worth. Forecasts called for wind chill readings of minus 3 in Graham and minus 5 in Bowie.
Forecasters predict 1 to 2 inches of snow west of a line from Eastland to Jacksboro to Bowie throughout the day.
Dunn noted that while the Metroplex could see as much as a half-inch of snow, the weather system bringing it is moving very fast, so it might push through before large accumulations occur.
Also, this snow is expected to be “dry,” which isn’t conducive to fluffy accumulation, Dunn said.
Friday’s forecast calls for morning temperatures in the teens with highs in the mid-30s and a slight chance of freezing drizzle before noon, the weather service said.
The weekend forecast is more temperate. It calls for a Saturday daytime temperature in the mid-50s. On Sunday, highs will be in the mid-40s.
Since Nov. 1, there have been 42 days when the low temperature reached 32 or below, Dunn said.
The most freezing days — 62 — occurred in the winter of 1977-78, Dunn said.
Staff writer Bill Miller contributed to this report.