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Not-Quite-Record Cold Grips North Texas

Nov 12, 2019
Following yesterday's cold front, cold weather will persist today with highs only reaching the low 40s or upper 30s. Low temperatures tonight will fall into the 20s area-wide.
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Yesterday's cold front definitely delivered a blow to North Texas, and it's not done yet.

This colder-than-normal weather is expected to stick around today and tonight. After dipping down to 29 degrees last night at DFW Airport, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, it's only expected to reach the lower 40s today.

Mention the year 2011 to any Austinite who lived here then, and expect to get an earful. It was the hottest year recorded in Austin's history – so hot and so dry that living through it has become a kind of shared trauma for many.

The triple-digit heatwave hitting Austin is becoming one for the record books. On Wednesday, it became the fifth longest ever recorded in the city's history, and more hot days are expected.  

The U.S. government is juicing up its weather forecasting power.

This week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it has upgraded its main weather forecasting model, called the Global Forecast System.

National Weather Service meteorologists noticed something puzzling on their radar screens in Southern California on Tuesday evening — a big green blob.

"It was very strange because it was a relatively clear day and we weren't really expecting any rain or thunderstorms," Casey Oswant, a NWS meteorologist in San Diego, tells NPR. "But on our radar, we were seeing something that indicated there was something out there."

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Forecasters say at least five tornadoes hit parts of north and east Texas in a storm system that damaged dozens of homes and left one person hurt.

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Severe storms hit counties east of Dallas-Fort Worth Wednesday evening. There were reports of damage and debris in the town of Canton in Van Zandt County, about 60 miles east of Dallas.

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Temperatures in North Texas are expected to take a deep dive this weekend. The National Weather Service is predicting a high temperature near 70 on Friday, with lows Friday night reaching down to 35 as a strong cold front moves through late Friday afternoon and into Friday night. The front carries with it a chance of showers and thunderstorms, the service stated.


Do you remember the 21st night of September?

Torrential rain that fell Friday night kicked off a record-breaking weekend in North Texas.

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The National Weather Service posted heat advisories and warnings from the New Mexico-Texas border eastward to parts of Alabama — Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi and west Tennessee.

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Thursday was a record-breaking kind of hot in North Texas: Dallas reached 108, beating the 93-year-old record for the date and making it the hottest day so far of 2018. Wichita Falls hit a searing 111.

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Like last year, triple digits arrived ahead of schedule in North Texas.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (the location used by the National Weather Service in Fort Worth to gauge temperatures for the region) first reached 100 degrees last Friday; the high for the day was 101. 

Typically, the first 100-degree day doesn’t hit until July 1, but North Texas could see triple-digit temperatures all weekend, per the latest forecast.


The National Hurricane Center says Subtropical Storm Alberto is moving toward the Gulf of Mexico and expected to bring heavy rain to the Yucatan Peninsula, western Cuba, Florida and the northeastern Gulf Coast throughout the weekend.

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The official start of spring isn’t until Tuesday, but seasonal severe weather is jumping the gun.

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The rain this February didn’t quit until it made the top of the charts.


After our day in the sun, we face strong-to-severe storms Tuesday and Wednesday in North Texas.


An ice storm warning is in effect for several counties west of the Metroplex until midnight Wednesday.

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Updated, 7:42 a.m.

Roads around Dallas-Fort Worth are "generally clear," but drivers should still watch out for icy spots in east and southeast Dallas, KXAS-TV meteorologist Brian James says.

While North Texas was largely spared the harsh road conditions predicted Monday, folks should heed the warnings of bitter cold temperatures as they walk out the door Tuesday.

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North Texas just recorded its warmest year on record.

In 2017, the average temperature in Dallas-Fort Worth was 69.8 degrees, and that beat the previous record of 69.3 degrees in 2012, the National Weather Service says.

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In North Texas, highs are expected to reach into the lower 50s on Friday. Pretty doable for a winter day, right? But in true Texas fashion, highs will take a nosedive, tumbling into the upper 20s over the next three days. And conditions are going to vary wildly.

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For all of you white Christmas hopefuls, know that a typical Dec. 25 in North Texas reaches the mid-50s with little-to-no measurable precipitation.

But as National Weather Service records show, sometimes the biggest surprise on Christmas Day can be the weather.

The colors the National Weather Service uses to show rainfall on its weather map couldn't represent the deluge in southeastern Texas, so the NWS added two more purple shades to its map. The old scale topped out at more than 15 inches; the new limit tops 30 inches.


North Texas remains under a heat advisory until 8 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service says.

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Update, Sunday night: The rain kept falling and falling -- and when it finally stopped, 21 inches fell in Corsicana in Navarro County, which is about an hour south of Dallas. 


Anyone who’s accidentally brushed against a searing seat-belt buckle this week knows: summer has hit the broiler setting in North Texas, and it’s just going to get worse.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through Saturday and says the next week will feel as hot as 109 degrees. Some forecasts have triple digit temperatures for the next 15 days.

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After this morning's thunderstorms, expect another round of rain this afternoon – and things could get severe. But changing conditions mean that the most likely area for severe weather is south of Dallas-Fort Worth.

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North Texas and winter weather don’t get along so well – as we’ve witnessed over and over again the last few months. Throw in the wide range of weather jargon, and it’s … well … a mess. What in the world is freezing fog? When does sleet morph into freezing rain? And what’s in the mix of the dreaded “wintry mix”? Here’s a guide:

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Dallas-Fort Worth was under a winter weather advisory until noon Monday. We’ll provide weather updates below. We're expecting warmer temperatures as the week rolls along -- in the 40s Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs in the l0w 50s on Thanksgiving.

Update, 10:04 p.m. Monday: Oncor reports that power has been restored to most customers in North Texas.

Update, 1:15 p.m. Monday: Oncor's website reports that about 12,000 customers in North Texas are without power. The company appears to be making steady progress toward restoring power.

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Is sweater weather around the corner?

Expect a cooldown overnight across North Texas. On Saturday, temperatures could be up to 20 degrees cooler. Temperatures could fall into the 50s in parts of Dallas-Fort Worth during the early morning hours. (Best bet for that is in Denton County and to the counties west and north of Denton, the National Weather Service reports.)

Update, 3:59 p.m.: Rockwall ISD's buses for secondary school students will be delayed up to 45 minutes.

Update, 3:48 p.m.: Mesquite ISD will release its high school students at 4 p.m.; buses running 30 minutes later than normally scheduled. 

Update, 3:45 p.m.: Plano ISD says most activities will continues as schedule but asks parents to check with their students' individual campuses.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD also reports that all after-school activities will continue as normally scheduled.