Jacket season arrived Sunday morning, and North Texas residents covered their outdoor plants and made sure their pets didn’t stay outside for long.
The first freeze of the fall season hit DFW, sinking temperatures into the low 20s in some counties and below freezing in Tarrant County.
Officially, the temperature fell to 30 degrees at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. And it was right on time: Nov. 22 is the average date of the first freeze in North Texas.
At 7 a.m., temperatures remained in the 20s in outlying areas. It was 28 degrees in Denton and Cleburne, 26 in Wichita Falls, 25 in Abilene, 24 in Graham and a bitter 23 in Brownwood, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
The chill didn’t last long. By afternoon it was sunny and in the mid-50s with the official high at 56 degrees.
“We won’t be nearly as cold on Monday,” said meteorologist Ted Ryan of the weather service. “But Tarrant County still could see temperatures in the lower to mid-30s.”
The low for the Metroplex is expected to be 36 degrees.
A warming and dry trend will continue for several days. Temperatures will be in the 60s Monday through Wednesday, with morning lows in the mid-40s.
Rain is in the forecast for late Wednesday into Thanksgiving Day and Friday. A cold front is expected to arrive Thursday.
There’s a 40 percent chance of rain Wednesday night, 50 percent on Thanksgiving and 60 percent on Friday.
“It’s going to be a strong cold front,” Ryan said. “We won’t see freezing temperatures, but temperatures will be in the mid-30s and rain, so it’s going to be raw.”
For holiday shoppers, there’s a good chance of rain Saturday.