From Staff Reports

A strong arctic cold front will arrive on Thursday, bringing the coldest temperatures of the winter season. Most of North and Central Texas will reach Hard Freeze Warning criteria (temperature < 10°F) and Wind Chill Advisory criteria (wind chill < 0°F) Thursday night into Friday morning.


  • A prolonged period of subfreezing temperatures is likely beginning Thursday afternoon and continuing into the Christmas weekend. This will damage exposed outdoor pipes and other infrastructure.
  • Temperatures may briefly rise above freezing across Central Texas on Christmas Eve but will quickly

fall below freezing again Saturday evening.

  • Much of North Texas will remain below freezing until Christmas Day
  • The timing of the front may change a little, but temperatures are expected to fall below freezing by Thursday afternoon across most of North and Central Texas.
  • The combination of subfreezing temperatures and windy conditions will result in wind chills falling near or below zero across the entire region Thursday night into Friday morning.
  • There is high confidence temperatures will fall below 10°F along the Red River and across the Big Country Thursday night into Friday morning.
  • There is lower confidence that temperatures will fall below 10°F across the DFW Metroplex and Central Texas but cannot be ruled out.
  • There will be strong north winds behind the cold front that will persist into Thursday night. Sustained winds upwards of 25-30 MPH with peak gusts of 40-45 MPH are likely.
  • There is a low chance (10-15 percent) for precipitation across portions of North and Northeast Texas.
  • This will primarily be in the form of sprinkles and light snow flurries. Therefore, impacts to travel are not expected.

Areas of Concern and Impacts

Threats/Hazardous Weather Types

Forecaster Confidence 

General Timing

What We Are Certain Of:

  • Subfreezing temperatures are expected to persist from Thursday through at least Christmas Eve, which will impact outdoor pipes.
  • Temperatures will steadily fall into the 20s and 30s behind the cold front on Thursday.
  • Strong north winds will accompany the front. Sustained winds upwards of 25-30 MPH with gusts in excess of 40 MPH are expected.
  • Temperatures will fall into the teens and single digits Thursday night into Friday morning. Wind chill values will fall below zero.

What We Are Less Certain Of

  • Whether light precipitation (rain and/or snow) will accompany the front. 
  • Whether temperatures will rise above freezing on Saturday (Christmas Eve).

Additional Resources: 

NWS Fort Worth Homepage

Hourly Forecasts (Click your location)

NWS Fort Worth Weather Tabs

NWS Fort Worth Hazard Pages,TODAY


Who’s eligible for NWSChat 

NWS Fort Worth Briefing Page

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