Chances are good that North Texans won’t need any suntan lotion on Friday.
Forecasters are calling for periods of rain throughout the day and cold temperatures. There’s a 100 percent chance of rain on Friday. Daytime temperatures will be in the mid-30s.
But freezing weather stayed away from Tarrant County on Friday morning, giving commuters a break from icy highways and roads.
“Temps stayed above freezing here and in our rural areas, so no refreezing,” said Val Lopez, a spokesman with the Texas Department of Transportation on Friday in an email. “We had crews out as a precautionary measure.”
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Patches of ice were reported in counties to the west and northwest of Fort Worth on Friday morning and icy highways were reported in Abilene and Lubbock, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.
“Abilene and Lubbock will get a second round of a wintery mix,” said meteorologist Jennifer Dunn at the NWS office in Fort Worth on Friday.
The Friday forecast is almost a carbon copy of Thursday. Rain and showers fell throughout North Texas on New Year’s Day. The Dallas/Fort Worth Airport recorded 0.59 inches of rain with a trace of sleet, according to the NWS office in Fort Worth.
Dallas/Fort Worth Airport canceled nearly 300 flights because of a winter storm Thursday that pummeled a swath of West Texas with freezing rain and ice pellets.
American Airlines canceled 179 regional and 105 mainline flights because of patchy fog and ice.
North Texans should get a break from the cold rain on Saturday as rain chances diminish to 30 percent Saturday morning with sun expected to come out Saturday afternoon and high temperatures in the lower 50s.
Another arctic cold front will come through Saturday night, bringing with it very cold strong north winds and lows in the 20s. Wind chill readings will be at 15 to 20 degrees on Sunday morning.
The strong north winds will calm down on Sunday, but very bitterly cold temperatures will greet North Texans on Monday morning. Low temperatures are expected to be in the lower 20s and wind chill readings again in the teens as commuters and students head to work and school.
Staff writer Caty Hirst contributed to this report.
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