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Cool and Blustery in the East; Numerous Fire Weather Threats

Lake effect snow, gusty winds, and cool temperatures persist in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Gusty winds in the Southwest and into the Plains, and portions of the East will produce elevated to critical fire weather threats. Snow can also be expected in the mountains and into parts of the High Plains. Severe storms with all hazards are expected to develop Friday in the South and Central Plains. Read More >

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 (1898-2020*):
  • 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 2019-2020

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 Feb 13 - 12 pm Feb 19, 2021
139 hrs 5 pm Jan 3 - 12 pm Jan 9, 1942
138 hrs 5 pm Jan 17 - 11 am Jan 23, 1978
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
181 hrs 11 pm Dec 28, 1946 - 12 pm Jan 5, 1947
178 hrs 1 am Jan 23 - 11 am Jan 30, 1948
170 hrs 9 am Feb 1 - 11 am Feb 8, 1905
164 hrs 4 pm Jan 16 - 12 pm Jan 23, 1978
158 hrs 12 am Jan 27 - 2 pm Feb 2, 1951
 139 hrs* 5 pm Feb 13 - 12 pm Feb 19, 2021
  139 hrs^ 5 pm Jan 3 - 12 pm Jan 9, 1942
137 hrs 5 pm Jan 30 - 10 am Feb 5, 1996
*  An additional 93 hours occurred from 5 pm Feb 9 to 2 pm Feb 13, 2021.  The temperature climbed to 33 degrees 3 to 4 pm on Feb 13.  Combined with the 139 hours above, this makes a total of 232 nonconsecutive hours.
^  An additional 57 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 196 nonconsecutive hours.