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Freezer temperatures hit North Texas, more cold days ahead

Frigid temperatures are expected in North Texas on Monday and Tuesday mornings, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.
Frigid temperatures are expected in North Texas on Monday and Tuesday mornings, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

As cold as it felt Sunday — and it felt downright frosty, with wind chill readings near zero at 7 a.m. — no records were broken in North Texas.

Frigid morning temperatures will continue Monday and Tuesday. The low Monday was forecast to be about 16 degrees, and the morning temperature on Tuesday will be at 21.

The North Pole-like temperatures didn’t stop the annual Texas Toy Run on Sunday. More than 150 motorcyclist hit the highway for the annual event benefiting Mental Health & Mental Retardation of Tarrant and Dallas counties. Motorcyclists met at two locations in Fort Worth and Dallas, and then rode to Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie with unwrapped toys.

“It’s the coldest I’ve done,” Cindy Waterson said in a telephone interview, minutes before she took off on the ride. Waterson is with Longhorn Harley-Davision in Grand Prairie. “A rule of thumb is that it’s 20 degrees colder when you are on a motorcycle.”

The daytime high on Monday is predicted to be in the upper 30s, and it should be about 50 degrees for a high on Tuesday.

After Tuesday, North Texans get some warmer weather. Daytime high on Wednesday should be at 60 degrees.

At 7 a.m., Dallas/Fort Worth Airport was at 18 degrees with a wind chill reading of 2. Bitterly cold north winds ranged from 15 to 26 mph.

Other wind chill readings at 7 a.m. included Arlington, 1; Fort Worth Spinks, 0; Lancaster 3; Sherman, minus-1; Granbury, 4; and Denton, minus-5.

The coldest day on record in Dallas-Fort Worth was 8 below zero on Feb. 12, 1899. No. 2 is minus-2 on Jan. 31, 1949.

Wind chill readings were in single digits after an arctic front Saturday afternoon brought cold temperatures and breezy north winds.

It was the same over much of the country as temperatures plunged to minus-20 degrees and lower across much of the Northern Plains overnight as a fresh surge of bitter arctic air reached into the Midwest.

Chicago police said a commercial plane slid off a runway early Sunday at O’Hare Airport. There were no injuries reported from the incident just after 1 a.m.

Bismarck, N.D., posted a new record low for the date of Dec. 17 with 31 degrees below zero on Saturday before midnight, said National Weather Service meteorologist Zachary Hargrove. Linton, N.D., was even colder at minus-33 degrees early Sunday.

Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth had more than 650 homeless people stay overnight.

“We had room for more,” Executive Director Toby Owen said in a telephone interview.

The high Sunday will probably not be above freezing.

MedStar implemented cold weather protocol, meaning response priorities are upgraded to patients who are outdoors. MedStar ambulances responded to four exposure calls overnight, two people were taken to local hospitals, officials reported.

MedStar officials recommended residents dress in several layers of loose-fitting clothing, cover your face and mouth. Other recommendations included limiting time outdoors, not ignoring shivering and staying dry, and if you get wet, removing wet clothing immediately.

Colorado residents were digging out after up to 16 inches of snow fell across the state on Saturday, stranding motorists and leaving some areas of the state with subzero temperatures on Sunday. The National Weather Service said the thermometer dipped to 27 degrees below zero in Limon. Breckenridge reported the most snow, with 16 inches that gave skiers and snowboarders the heavy snow they have been hoping for all season.

Snow and freezing rain led to numerous highway accidents, some serious. Perhaps the biggest accident was in Baltimore, when a tanker carrying gasoline skidded off a highway and exploded, killing two people and causing a nearly 70-vehicle pileup on Interstate 95, authorities said. Hospital officials said nearly two dozen people were treated for injuries including broken bones and head trauma. A total of seven remained hospitalized Sunday with two in critical condition, two in serious condition and three in fair condition.

In southwestern Michigan, icy conditions appear to have played a role in a crash that killed a 73-year-old motorist. There were dozens of crashes in Indiana — two of them with fatalities — due to freezing rain and ice. The roads were so slick that authorities had to move motorists stranded on an overpass with a ladder.

In Ohio, a Columbus woman died Saturday when her car skidded off a slick road, authorities said.

This report includes material from The Associated Press.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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