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‘Unseasonably cold’: Wind advisory, cold front to cut North Texas temperatures in half

The forecast has led organizers to cancel Saturday’s All-Western Parade in Fort Worth.

A wind advisory, compounded by a strong cold front, has been issued for North Texas as gusts are expected to reach 50 mph Saturday.

The advisory will be in effect from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday for dozens of Texas counties stretching from the Oklahoma border to the Gulf Coast. Sustained winds from the northwest will reach 25 to 35 mph in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Jennifer Dunn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, tweeted Friday that residents should secure their loose items outdoors.

“Tomorrow will be a good day to stay inside,” she wrote.

The cold front, expected to begin about midnight Friday, will drop temperatures into low 40s by Saturday afternoon after reaching the low 70s on Friday.

With wind ranging from 15 to 25 mph and gusts near 35 mph Saturday night, wind chills will drop into the teens and low 20s by Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

At least one event has already been canceled due to the forecast: The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, along with city officials, called off the All-Western Parade scheduled for Saturday morning because of “the safety risk to spectators and participants.”

“The safety of our guests is always top of mind for us and we never make these decisions lightly,” Bradford S. Barnes, the stock show’s president and general manager, said in a written statement. “For the sake of everyone — participants including horses and guests — we firmly believe this is the best decision from a safety standpoint.”

The city of Dallas’ Office of Homeless Solutions opened two temporary inclement-weather shelters where people experiencing homelessness can stay starting Saturday.

The shelters are at the Oak Lawn United Methodist Church, 3014 Oak Lawn Ave., and OurCalling, 1702 S. Cesar Chavez Blvd.

Oak Lawn United Methodist Church will accept people from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and OurCalling will start at 5 p.m. and remain open overnight. Both locations will have rapid COVID-19 testing available.

The “unseasonably cold” weather won’t last long, according to the weather service.

By Sunday afternoon, temperatures will be back in the high 40s. High temperatures will rise over the next two days until another cold front comes through starting Wednesday.

Here’s what NBC5′s latest forecast says:

Friday: 73/35, cloudy, then gradual clearing and windy

Saturday: 41/35, colder and very windy, gusts expected to reach 50 mph

Sunday: 51/28, mostly sunny and chilly

Monday: 58/30, sunny and cool, winds below 10 mph

Tuesday: 68/38, mostly sunny and mild

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