Watch as North Texas firefighters rescue person stranded on car during flooding
It’s cold, and very, very wet in North Texas.
And this weather is going to stick around.
A strong cold front arrived Sunday night, dropping temperatures into the low 40s Monday morning. With winds blowing from the north, the wind chill was at 33 degrees at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at 7 a.m.
The actual low was 41 degrees at the airport, breaking the old record of 42 degrees set in 1914, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.
By noon Monday, North Texans were still needing jackets and gloves. The temperature at DFW Airport was 42 with a wind chill of 34.
Temperatures will remain in the 40s on Tuesday.
The front also dropped more rain on North Texas, which has been soaked for days. A flood watch was in effect for many counties in the region including Tarrant through Tuesday morning.
The storms knocked out power to several hundred customers in Tarrant and Dallas counties. At 7:40 a.m., there were more than 1,800 customers without power. At noon, the number had increased slightly to more than 1,900 customers.
The weather also caused problems for AT&T internet customers on Monday. Lightning struck an AT&T facility in Richardson, started a fire and caused headaches for AT&T customers, the company tweeted. An outage map website, downdetector.com, was showing heavy concentrations of outages in Fort Worth, Dallas, Grapevine and other nearby cities.
AT&T officials noted they were working as quickly as possible to restore service.
Storms Sunday night dropped quarter-size hail in Erath and Hill counties. There were no hail reports in Tarrant County.
Forecasters say there’s a 100 percent chance of rain on Monday and 90 percent on Tuesday. Rainfall totals ranged from 2.11 inches at DFW Airport from 9 a.m. Sunday until 9 a.m. Monday. Dallas Love Field recorded 1.16 inches.
Multiple rounds of showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected through Tuesday. Rainfall amounts in the flood watch area will average between 3 and 5 inches with isolated 7-inch amounts possible, according to the weather service.
For now, the heavy rainfall hasn’t caused major flooding problems along the Brazos River or West Fork of the Trinity River.
The West Gulf River Forecast Center predicted minor flooding along the Brazos near Dennis in Parker County.
Judi Pierce, a Brazos River Authority spokeswoman, said water was being released from the Possum Kingdom Lake dam but it shouldn’t be enough to cause major impacts in flood-prone Horseshoe Bend in Parker County.
“Of course, if we get more heavy rain, everything is subject to change,” Pierce said.
Along the West Fork, Eagle Mountain Lake is expected to fill Monday but Lake Worth was still a half-foot below full, according to the Tarrant Regional Water District flood blog. River levels were rising upstream at Jacksboro but there was room for that water in Lake Bridgeport, which was still 4 feet below its conservation level.
Numerous traffic accidents were reported in Fort Worth because of wet conditions on roads and highways. And police in the area reported several streets and roads flooded.
Emergency crews reported a high water rescue in Johnson County Monday morning.
In rainy conditions, one person was killed and seven others were injured Monday morning in a wreck on Interstate 20 involving a jackknifed 18-wheeler and a minivan in Willow Park, just west of Fort Worth, according to news reports.
The forecast calls for rain chances all week.
Daytime high for Wednesday will be in the upper 50s and the high temperatures for the rest of the week will be in the 60s. The lows will be in the 40s and low 50s.