North Texans feeling the need to wash their cars from the recent ice storm and sandy bridges might want to wait a bit.
The National Weather Service office in Fort Worth is forecasting mostly sunny skies Thursday, but a quick-moving upper level system will bring rain chances to North Texas late Thursday and Friday. Forecasters say there’s a 20 percent chance of showers Thursday night, jumping to 60 percent Friday. Rainfall totals are expected to be less than a half-nch in Tarrant County.
“It’ll be a cold rain, but temperatures on Friday should not be below freezing,” said weather service meteorologist Matt Bishop. “The warmer temperatures and the rain should help to melt what’s left of the ice.”
Most of the showers will be gone by Friday night, and the weekend looks great - for Christmas shopping, for example.
Daytime temperatures in Tarrant County should be in the mid-40s Thursday and around 50 degrees Friday. For the weekend, high temperatures should be in the upper 40s with mostly clear skies.
Morning temperatures will be in the 30s this weekend.
And forecasters are giving North Texans an early Christmas present next week: temperatures in the lower 60s.
But the weather won’t stay warm and fuzzy for long. Forecasters say Arctic air will return to North Texas by Dec. 20, bringing with it temperatures in the upper teens and lower 20s.
“Right now, it doesn’t look like we’ll have precipitation with that Arctic air,” Bishop said. “But it will be cold and conditions could change by then.”