February 23, 2014

Ground hog was right: more cold weather ahead

Temperatures are expected to drop Tuesday through Friday.

Punxsutawney Phil called it.

The groundhog predicted earlier this month that the nation was in for six more weeks of winter weather — and a strong cold front arrives in Fort Worth around midday Tuesday.

Daytime highs Monday could be in the upper 50s and rise to about 60 degrees Tuesday before the front comes in. But then northeast winds will blow and drive temperatures down to the upper 30s by Tuesday night.

On Wednesday morning, North Texas residents could wake up to temperatures near or just below freezing, and the same is expected Thursday. Wednesday’s highs will be in the mid-40s, and Thursday’s high could be 55.

Chilly weather will continue Friday with morning temperatures in the low 40s.

Tuesday’s forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain. The chance for rain Monday night before the front gets here is 30 percent.

“It does not look like it will be a whole lot of rain,” meteorologist Matt Bishop of the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth said Sunday. “A half-inch would be the highest total some areas might see.”

Rain is also a possibility Friday, but forecasters say most of that will be east of the Fort Worth/Dallas area, and they predict only a 20 percent chance.

Last week’s morning temperatures in the upper 50s to lower 60s were above normal, Bishop said.

“For this time of year, we should see morning temperatures in the 40s, so this week we’ll be below normal morning temperatures,” he said.

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