The cold, windy conditions arrived Thursday afternoon as advertised.
At Fort Worth’s Meacham Airport, the cold front arrived at 2:10 p.m. Within 45 minutes, temperatures dropped from 63 to 48 degrees and 29 mph wind gusts were recorded.
But that initial gust of wind is just a foretaste.
The peak should come between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The National Weather Service is predicting wind gusts of 45-50 mph across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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“We’re still expecting the higher winds to come later this afternoon and this evening,” said Monique Fellers, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
Winds could blow down fences and tree branches and knock out power lines, according to the weather service office in Fort Worth.
Driving could also be difficult and area lakes may become unsafe for boating, the City of Fort Worth advised. The city also asked residents not to grill or burn anything outdoors. A wind advisory remains in effect until noon Friday for much of North Texas.
Temperatures will drop into the upper 30s and low 40s by Thursday night.
DFW could see a brief rain-snow mix between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Friday.
Western counties remain under a winter weather advisory. Counties including Young, Jack, Stephens, Palo Pinto, Eastland, Erath, Comanche and Mills could see up to 3 inches of snow.
But the biggest impact in Tarrant County will likely be the wind.
“We’re advising everyone to secure all outdoor decorations and anything that could blow away,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Patricia Sanchez.
Oncor crews are on standby, ready to respond to downed power lines, Oncor spokeswoman Jennifer Myers said.
“We’re always monitoring the weather,” Myers said.
To the northwest, a high wind warning was in effect for Wichita Falls, Vernon and Seymour where gusts up to 60 mph were predicted.
Locally, roads aren’t expected to become icy, though temperatures could dip into the 30s in the western counties, where roads could accumulate some slush.
Sanchez said that the weather system, including the rain event and the cold front, is dynamic and tough to predict, and residents should watch out for updates.
Rainy, cold weather is predicted to persist through Friday. By Saturday, the sun should return and highs should reach the upper 50s.