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Stormy Weather in the Northwest; Fire Weather Threat Redeveloping in Southern California this Weekend

An active fall storm pattern in the Pacific Northwest is bringing heavy rain and high elevation snow to the region which will persist through this weekend. Strong winds associated with this system will bring a renewed period of critical fire weather to southern California later this weekend into next week. Read More >

Partly cloudy and a little warmer tonight. A few showers or storms will be possible across the southern half of the forecast area as abundant Gulf moisture moves in. Severe weather is not expected. Otherwise, winds should be out of the south to southeast at 5 to 10 MPH.
It will be mostly cloudy Friday with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Winds will be southerly at 10 to 20 mph.
Expect mostly cloudy skies Friday night with isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms. Cloud to ground lightning and brief heavy rain will be main threats from any thunderstorms. Most of this activity is expected to dissipate by midnight. Lows will be in the mid to upper 60s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.
Thunderstorm chances will increase on Saturday as an upper level trough and a cold front approach. The best storm chances will begin Saturday afternoon mainly east of I-35, but will increase area-wide Saturday evening and overnight as the front moves in. The best potential for severe weather will be Saturday afternoon and evening, for areas mainly north of the I-20 corridor. Large hail and damaging wind would be the primary severe threats, though an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
With the strong possibility of severe weather across the area late Saturday through early Sunday, this is a good time to review your severe weather terminology.
Looking ahead into early next week, nice Fall weather across the area. Another cold front will arrive, but this time it will bring dry and seasonably conditions. In general, high temperatures will stay in the low to mid 70s and the overnight lows will drop into the 40s by Wednesday morning.

 
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Freeze Summary for Dallas/Fort Worth        Click Here for Waco

Average Number of Freeze Days (1981-2010):

DFW - Freezes (1981-2010)

 

First and Last Occurrences (1898-2017*):
  • Average date of first freeze: November 22
  • Average date of last freeze: March 12
  • Earliest freeze: Oct 22, 1898 (31°F)
  • Latest freeze: Apr 13, 1997 (32°F)
                         Apr 13, 1957 (30°F)
  • Latest first freeze: Jan 4, 1972 (21°F)
  • Earliest last freeze: Jan 8, 2017 (20°F)

      * data through the winter of 2016-2017

Most and Fewest:
  • Most in a season: 62 (1977-1978)
  • Most in a calendar year: 64 (1978)
  • Fewest in a season: 11 (2016-2017)
  • Fewest in a calendar year: 9 (1931)
  • Most in a month: 27 (Jan 1978, Jan 1940)
  • Most by month...
    • October - 3 (1925)
    • November - 12 (1959)
    • December - 21 (1989, 1963)
    • January - 27 (1978, 1940)
    • February - 21 (1978, 1905)
    • March - 10 (1965)
    • April - 2 (1957, 1920)
  • Greatest number of months in a season with at least one freeze: 7
    1898-1899 - October, November, December, January, February, March, April
  • Only month to record both 32°F and 100°F: Mar 1916 (25°F on the 3rd and 100°F on the 21st)
  • Most consecutive hours below freezing: 295 (7 am Dec 18 - 2 pm Dec 30, 1983)
  • Most consecutive hours at or below freezing: 295 (7 am Dec 18 - 2 pm Dec 30, 1983)

 

 
Most Consecutive Hours Below Freezing
295 hrs 7 am Dec 18 - 2 pm Dec 30, 1983
178 hrs 1 am Jan 23 - 11 am Jan 30, 1948
170 hrs 9 am Feb 1 - 11 am Feb 8, 1905
158 hrs 12 am Jan 27 - 2 pm Feb 2, 1951
139 hrs 5 pm Jan 3 - 12 pm Jan 9 1942
136 hrs 6 pm Jan 30 - 10 am Feb 5, 1996
Most Consecutive Hours at or Below Freezing
295 hrs 7 am Dec 18 - 2 pm Dec 30, 1983

211 hrs

3 pm Jan 15 - 10 am Jan 23, 1930

178 hrs 1 am Jan 23 - 11 am Jan 30, 1948
170 hrs 9 am Feb 1 - 11 am Feb 8, 1905
163 hrs 5 pm Jan 16 - 12 pm Jan 23, 1978
158 hrs 12 am Jan 27 - 2 pm Feb 2, 1951
 139 hrs* 5 pm Jan 3 - 12 pm Jan 9 1942
137 hrs 5 pm Jan 30 - 10 am Feb 5, 1996
*  An additional 58 hours occurred from 6 am Jan 1 to 3 pm Jan 3, 1942.  The temperature climbed to 33 degrees at 4 pm on Jan 3.  Combined with the 139 hours above, this makes a total of 197 inconsecutive hours.