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Tuesday night freeze watch extended over Metroplex

The National Weather Service issued a freeze watch for Dallas-Fort Worth late Monday.

The watch is from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Temperatures could fall one- to- two degrees below freezing, said meteorologist Steve Fano of the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth

Fano said that once the Metroplex hits its first freezing temperature, the National Weather Service will stop issuing freeze watches and warnings for the season.

“If we were to issue warnings for every time we hit freezing, we would issue warnings all winter long,” Fano said.

Fano said the reason this first freeze watch has been issued is to alert people that, “Hey, we are at the end of the growing season,” he said, meaning its advisable to cover vegetation.

He said a freeze warning could be issued Tuesday.

Though it won’t be as windy as Monday, which saw gusts up to 40 mph, Tuesday and Wednesday could see gusts up to 30 mph, he said.

The high Tuesday may get up to 50 degrees but might drop to 30 degrees at night for the low, Fano said.

The high temperature for Wednesday will be in the mid-40s, and continue on into Thursday, he said.

North Texas will start to warm up into Saturday with highs in the 50s, but then another cold front will come through late Sunday into early Monday, he said.