Severe thunderstorm warning extended for Tarrant County as cold blast arrives

A cold blast of autumn is just hours away in North Texas, and coats and heavy wool socks should be within reach.

A cold north wind arrived Thursday night with showers and thunderstorms in North Texas.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Tarrant, Dallas, Rockwall, Johnson Ellis counties and western Kaufman County until 10:30 p.m.

Half-dollar-sized hail and 60 mph wind gusts were expected, the weather service said. Rainfall totals could be at a half inch to an inch in some North Texas neighborhoods.

But it will be the cold front that will bring a chill to North Texans.

The high on Friday should be around 60, and North Texas will feel the cold on Saturday morning.

“We are looking at the mid-30s in counties near the Red River,” said meteorologist Patricia Sanchez at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth on Thursday. “In the Fort Worth area, temperatures could be in the upper 30s to lower 40s.”

The high on Saturday is predicted to be in the mid-60s.

Autumn temperatures come back on Sunday as forecasters say the daytime high should be 79.

Columbus Day should be sunny with a high in the mid-80s.

Rain chances return on Tuesday and Wednesday, when highs will be in the 80s to upper 70s.

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