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Arctic cold front headed for Dallas-Fort Worth will drop temperatures into the 20s

Highs will struggle to get out of the 40s Monday through Wednesday.

Updated at 10:15 a.m. Monday: Revised to include an extended wind advisory for North Texas.

After mild weather this weekend, temperatures in Dallas-Fort Worth are expected to plunge into the 20s.

A strong cold front is forecast to move through North Texas on Monday, according to KXAS-TV (NBC5) meteorologist Grant Johnston.

“That’ll give us showers during the day on Monday, followed by another sharp drop in temperatures,” Johnston said.

The front is expected to move through Dallas-Fort Worth by noon on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will be in the 60s early Monday morning, but they are forecast to drop into the 30s by the afternoon.

The front will deliver some of the coldest weather of the season so far in Dallas-Fort Worth, with lows in the 20s by Tuesday and Wednesday, Johnston said. Highs will struggle to get out of the 40s Monday through Wednesday.

Any rain is expected to end before temperatures start to drop, preventing the chance for any wintry precipitation in Dallas-Fort Worth, according to Matt Stalley, a weather service meteorologist.

With gusty winds from the north, it could feel even colder, according to the National Weather Service. Some portions of Dallas-Fort Worth could see wind chills drop into the single digits and teens by Tuesday morning, said Steve Fano, a weather service meteorologist.

With wind gusts up to 50 mph possible, the weather service issued a wind advisory for most of North Texas, including Dallas-Fort Worth. The advisory is in effect from 8 a.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Tuesday.

During this time of the year, Dallas-Fort Worth normally sees highs in the low 70s, with lows in the upper 40s, according to the weather service.

“This is more typical of January [or] February air, but it’s not uncommon,” Fano said of this cold front.

Part of the reason North Texas will see low temperatures like this so early in the season is thanks to an area of high pressure in the western United States, according to Fano. That system is helping colder air dip farther south than usual, he said.

Icicles hang from a fountain at the The Village at Sports Center shopping center in Arlington.

Arctic outbreaks like the one in next week’s forecast could be a preview of this winter.

A long-term winter outlook issued by the weather service calls for above-normal temperatures, but with no El Niño or La Niña expected to form, North Texas could also see more freezes and arctic outbreaks than usual.

That means the area could see a string of mild days, followed by sharp drops in temperature, Fano said.

Here’s what KXAS-TV (NBC5) has in the forecast:

Sunday: 73/49

Monday: 62/39; rain

Tuesday: 44/26

Wednesday: 50/28

Thursday: 57/36

Jesus Jimenez, Staff Writer. Jesus Jimenez began working for The Dallas Morning News in 2018. He currently covers weather and how climate affects Dallas-Fort Worth. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas.

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