Temperatures dropped more than 40 degrees as a cold front roared into North Texas early Monday, making for a bone-chilling day for anyone who ventured outdoors.
The arctic front drove temperatures from a high of 79 on Sunday to 35 degrees by 11 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
With wind gusting as high as 30 mph, it felt more like like the 20s, said Jennifer Dunn, a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Fort Worth.
Monday’s high reached the low 40s, but temperatures were expected to drop to 28 overnight.
After a high in the mid-40s Tuesday, temperatures should hover around the 60s for the rest of the week, with a small chance of showers.
Despite the sudden blast of cold weather, dozens of people stood in line for the first day of ticket sales for the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, which begins in January.
Tickets to a variety of rodeo events, from the popular Bulls Nights Out to the World’s Original Indoor Rodeo, went on sale Monday at the Stock Show ticket office, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. The tickets will be on sale daily through the run of the Stock Show, from Jan. 16 through Feb. 7.
“Many of our loyal guests have attended our ticket office opening for decades,” Bradford S. Barnes, president and general manager of the Stock Show, said in a news release. “It’s a yearly ritual for them.”