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March 3, 2014

Brrrrrrr! Frigid cold keeps its grip on North Texas

Wind chills across North Texas dipped below zero Monday morning, a reminder that winter is not over just yet.

Schools were closed, bridges were slick and homeless shelters packed Monday morning as a nasty blast of cold air kept a frigid grip on North Texas.

Surprisingly, the freezing temperatures did not set a record.

“Most record lows in March are in the 20s,” said meteorologist Dennis Cavanaugh with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. “For March 3, the lowest just happens to be a record-record low of 10 degrees in 1943. That doesn’t change the fact that it was cold.”

While most of the ice will be gone, temperatures will remain below freezing through Tuesday morning, then warm up to a high near 50.

Here’s a look at the wintry conditions, by the numbers:

16

Official low temperature at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport at 8 a.m. Monday.

Minus 5

Wind chill at Alliance Airport in north Fort Worth at 7 a.m. Monday

1,143

Homeless people who stayed in Tarrant County shelters Sunday night.

24

Expected overnight low.

95

Temperature Monday in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, on the west coast of Africa.

68

Drop in temperature at DFW from 5 p.m. Friday (84 degrees) to Monday (16 degrees).

68

Temperature that ERCOT urges electricity customers to set on their thermostats.

53

Days of freezing temperatures this winter season in North Texas, tied for sixth all-time with 1911-12.

237

Motor vehicle accidents in Fort Worth requiring emergency responses in the 24 hours ending at midnight Sunday.

47

Motor vehicle accidents in Fort Worth over the same period Thursday.

5

Days until most local school districts start spring break, when temperatures are forecast in the high 50s.

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