GRAPEVINE -- Between a record high of 105 and the Gaylord Texan's Christmas in July promotional event, things were running hot and cold Friday.
A quick storm blowing through the area added to the seasonal mix.
The Texan offered a invitation-only sneak preview of its ninth annual Lone Star Christmas activities.
The hotel's "Christmas in July" event featured Santa Claus, gingerbread cookie decorating, snow cones, a chocolate fountain, an ice sculpture carver and a preview of this year's ICE! theme, "Merry Madagascar!"
Outside, it was a different story.
Triple-digit temperatures returned with a vengeance as the mercury climbed to 105 by 3:20 p.m. at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, tying the record for the date set in 2000.
It was the eighth 100-degree day this year.
The temperature quickly plummeted as storms began popping up late Friday afternoon and marched across North Texas.
Steve Fano, a National Weather Service meteorologist, reported that "a classic downburst" struck the area, dumping 0.71 inch of rain at DFW.
In Grapevine, a gust of wind across Airport Freeway knocked an 18-wheeler on its side, crushing a car in the next lane, police reported.
No one was injured. Traffic backed up for miles on Texas 121 and 114 after the crash on 121 South about a quarter mile north of the westbound 114 split, said Sgt. Robert Eberling, a Grapevine police spokesman.
"It was storm-related," Eberling said.
According Fano, wind gusts up to 64 mph were reported in the area.
"Most areas did not see damage," Fano said, but the weather service received isolated reports of tree, fence, roofing and other damage.
Today should be sunny and hot with the high again near 105 and a low in the high 70s. Sunday's high is forecast to be about 102, and Monday's near 100.
Temperatures are expected to remain in the upper 90s or low 100s for the next seven days.
Staff writer Bill Hanna contributed to this report.
Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367