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Single-digit wind chill forecast for the DFW area

The latest Arctic blast brought howling winds in excess of 50 mph to North Texas on Monday, dropping temperatures by nearly 40 degrees from 24 hours earlier.

And forecasters are predicting it will bring bone-chilling temperatures this morning.

“There’s going to be bit of a breeze Tuesday morning, and wind chills will be in the single digits,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jennifer Dunn. “Those who are heading out will definitely need to bundle up.”

The strong winds also caused scattered power outages with about 500 customers still without power late Monday night in Tarrant, Dallas and Collin counties, according to electricity provider Oncor.

The temperature this morning is expected to be near 20 degrees, warming up to the mid-30s throughout the day before dropping to 18 overnight.

While it will be cold and dry in the Fort Worth area, some areas of Southeast Texas could see their second round of icy conditions in a week.

Late Monday, weather service radar indicated that snow was developing aloft, but conditions were so dry near the surface that the flakes were evaporating before they could reach the ground.

The temperature at 9:15 p.m. was 29 degrees in Fort Worth, said Jason Dunn, another weather service meterologist. The agency’s data showed that Monday’s high was 52 degrees at 2:45 a.m., but then the mercury slid down to 34 by 9:15 a.m. The air warmed back up to the low 40s by mid afternoon, but it started to drop again later.

In North Texas, the latest cold snap will be followed by another rapid warmup. By Thursday, it will be back in the 60s.

Staff writer Bill Miller contributed to this report.

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