Blustery weather headed for North Texas

Maybe it got a little too warm last weekend, what with record-breaking temperatures in the high 80s. But wintry weather is on the way.

An Arctic front is expected to bring a 70 percent chance of chilling rain and wind up to 25 mph Friday.

Enjoy today, with a forecast high of 74. Things will deteriorate soon.

“It doesn’t look like it’s going to be all that pleasant on Friday,” said Matt Bishop, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office. “At sunrise, it’s going to be cloudy with showers, and temperatures will drop throughout the day.”

The high temperature Friday is expected to stay in the low 60s and will sink to the high 30s by 5 p.m.

By nightfall Friday, the chance of rain will slip to 50 percent, the weather service said.

The mercury will continue to drop to the mid-30s during high school football playoff games.

As of Wednesday, no freeze warnings were in Friday’s forecast for urban North Texas. But areas west of Tarrant County have a chance of a mixture of rain and freezing rain.

This weekend, North Texans will get a small break from the rain, but temperatures will remain low. The morning temperature Saturday should be in the mid-30s, and daytime temperatures will reach only the mid-40s. That’s also the forecast for most of Sunday.

But forecasters say another weather system will arrive Sunday night with a 50 percent chance of rain.

“Tarrant County might see some sleet and freezing rain late Sunday or early Monday,” Bishop said Wednesday.

And the cold weather will remain, with temperatures expected to be in the mid-40s during the day and about 10 degrees lower at night.

Staff writers Bill Miller and Domingo Ramirez Jr. contributed to this report.

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