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Stop the presses! Fort Worth did freeze this morning

Did the northern cold front that arrived Wednesday afternoon give Tarrant County an overnight freeze?

Indeed it did -- but not officially until just before 7 this morning.

Earlier reports stated that the official reporting site at D/FW Airport was at 33 at 5:53 a.m., just a degree above freezing, according to the National Weather Service.

So officially, there was no freeze in Tarrant County -- that is, until 6:54 a.m.

At that moment, the mercury dipped to 32 degrees, said Jennifer Dunn, a meteorologist with the weather service's Fort Worth office.

Meanwhile, other reporting sites in the area reported temperatures well below 32 degrees.

Meacham Airport had a nippy 29 and, at the Fort Worth Naval Air Station, it dropped to 32, right at freezing. It also got to 32 at Dallas Love Field, the weather service said.

Many areas surely experienced the so-called "hard freeze" when temperatures stay below freezing for at least four hours, Dunn said.

That condition factors into what coat and hat you select in the morning, but it also takes a toll on the vegetation in your yard.

"Meacham was below freezing for at least four hours this morning," she said "Denton was below freezing for six hours. Wise County was the same."

Rural areas probably saw a hard freeze as well, Dunn said, especially to the north and west of Fort Worth.

Meanwhile, the high today won't get to 50.

"We're looking at a high only in the upper 40s right now," Dunn said. "With us having northerly winds at 10 mph and the high pressure still coming in, it will keep our temperatures still kind of low today."

But expect more chill when you awake Friday.

It'll be a brisk 27 tonight with a northeast wind around 10 mph, according the weather service forecast. Friday will be about the same, with a low reaching 30 Friday night.

Saturday and Sunday will also be sunny, but the highs will return to the low 60s both days, the weather service said.

It will be dry through the end of the week although Monday's forecast holds a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 70 degrees, the weather service said.

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