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Hop on the winter weather roller coaster in North Texas

Thursday’s windy conditions will be followed by warmer temperatures Friday and Saturday, but get ready from lots of changes on Super Bowl Sunday.

A wind advisory was in effect most of Thursday in North Texas, and for good reason.

South winds topped out at 39 mph, and the highest gust speed was 47, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

A red flag warning for extreme fire danger was posted until 7 p.m. Thursday in areas west of a line from Cisco to Mineral Wells to Montague. Strong dry winds along with low humidity levels raised concerns about possible wildfires in those areas.

In Fort Worth, 10 grass fires were doused between 9:30 a.m. and about 5 p.m. Thursday, said Battalion Chief Richard Harrison, a Fire Department spokesman.

“It looks like all were handled pretty quickly,” Harrison said.

The high temperature Thursday in Fort Worth was 60 degrees.

It will be mostly cloudy Friday, but high temperatures could be in the mid-70s, perhaps as high as 76, according to the weather service.

Saturday also could be warm, with highs near 70, the weather service said.

Sunday, however, will be a much different story — cooler and possibly wet — as a cold front enters the region.

Sunday morning temperatures will be in the 30s and the high will be 40 degrees.

An upper-level disturbance joins the cold weather on Sunday and that could give many North Texans a chance of freezing rain or sleet late Sunday and early Monday.

Most of the wintry mix will be to the west and north of Fort Worth. Forecasters are predicting the best chances of the wintry mix are northwest of a line from Comanche to Fort Worth to Bonham.

“We’re going to see quite a bit of changes in the weather in the next few days,” said meteorologist Matt Bishop. “The upper-level disturbance is one of the factors.”

Monday will be mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Daytime temperatures will be in the upper 40s.

Again on Tuesday, forecasters say it’s going to be cloudy with a 40 percent chance of moisture.

Staff writer Bill Miller contributed to this report.

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