The dry days of December came to an end Friday as steady rains drenched North Texas, making it a cold and sloppy affair for 11th-hour shoppers.
Friday's total of 0.87 of an inch was the most significant amount of rain in the region since Nov. 2, when 1.05 inches fell at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
And it was far different from last year, when blizzardlike conditions brought North Texas to a standstill on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
While it will be cold today, the skies will be sunny and clear.
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"Last year we had a White Christmas, but this year it's just going to be cold," said Nick Hampshire, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
The rain will help temper the dry conditions that have put area officials on alert for wildfires, but burn bans remain in effect for many North Texas counties, including Tarrant.
"It will help in the short term, but not in the long term if we don't have a rain event in the next few weeks," Hampshire said.