Fort Worth

Rain, cold in store for first week of 2017

Rain, storms and cold temperatures are expected within the first week of 2017 in North Texas.

New Year’s Eve is bringing sunny skies, highs in the 70s and lows in the mid-40s overnight.

Scattered showers are possible New Year’s Day from pre-dawn to midday with a larger system arriving after midnight, said Eric Martello, National Weather Service senior meteorologist.

Severe weather is likely for the first time in more than a month from 4 to 8 a.m. Monday. The highest threat is lightening, damaging winds from 60 to 70 mph and large hail.

“Anyone traveling to work Monday morning needs to be aware of the weather,” Martello said.

The potential for the largest hail is south of the Metroplex, traveling into Central Texas early Monday. There is a slight chance for tornadoes, but they are not likely, Martello said.

A cold front will make its way to the area Tuesday with a high in the 50s and temperatures dropping from there with Wednesday’s high only expected to reach 42.

There is a very low chance for wintry mix from late Wednesday to Friday, Martello said.

The cold air should stick around for most of the week, with a slight warming over the weekend.

Azia Branson: 817-390-7547, @aziabranson