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Ready for the return of frigid wind chills? Find out when they’ll arrive this weekend

There’s always been an expectation that a strong cold front will arrive just in time for the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

And this year, one is arriving right on schedule.

It will feel like spring Friday with highs in the low 70s. By Friday night, there will be a chance of thunderstorms and showers, then the cold front will arrive.

Those headed to the Stock Show’s All Western Parade Saturday morning will be in for a shock if they aren’t dressed properly.

Temperatures will be in the 30s with wind chills in the upper 20s or 30s.

That’ll be the case across North Texas Saturday morning with wind gusts as high as 35-40 mph.

There’s a slight chance of snow flurries along the Red River but the snow should stay north and east of Tarrant County.

While it will be cold, Sunday morning’s low will likely fall short of being the coldest morning of this season. On Nov. 14, the low temperature at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the official recording station, was 25 degrees when it was technically still fall.

The good news is this cold air won’t be sticking around. By Sunday afternoon, highs will be in the upper 40s and by Monday afternoon, high temperatures will be near 60.

So is there such a thing as Stock Show weather? Well, yes and no.

The average coldest temperatures of the year happen between Dec. 30 and Jan. 20 when the average low reaches 35 degrees. The coldest temperature ever recorded for DFW was 8 below zero, on Feb. 12, 1899.

“This is definitely the time of year we get these Arctic blasts,” said Matt Stalley of the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

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Bill Hanna is an award-winning reporter who has covered just about every beat at the Star-Telegram. He currently covers Arlington but also writes about a variety of subjects including weather, wildlife, traffic and health.