Things could get frosty here Tuesday morning, meteorologists warn
The National Weather Service reports a chance for frost to sweep across North Texas on Tuesday morning as temperatures are expected to hover close to freezing at 34 degrees.
Weather service officials say residents should begin making efforts to protect their plants and small animals.
The change is quite a drop from the 80-degree temperatures the area recorded on Sunday.
And the average low temperature for this month is about 50 degrees.
The temperature drop may go on record as one of the coldest days for April, but it still wouldn’t be the coldest if predictions hold, according to weather service officials.
On one day in April 1928, temperatures dropped to 26 degrees, making it the coldest day on record for the month, according to the weather service.
On Sunday, the weather service also issued a series of advisories that included a chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms in the area.
A quarter to half an inch of rain was expected, according to officials.
Weather service officials predicted that some of the storms in the area could become severe with large hail, damaging winds and a few possible tornadoes. A tornado watch was issued Sunday evening for a large portion of North Texas, including Denton County.
A third warning issued by the weather service included a wind advisory for Denton County through 8 p.m.
The weather service reported southerly winds clocked at 20 mph to 30 mph with gusts in excess of 35 mph.
The gusty winds made driving difficult for motorists, a weather service meteorologist reported, and possibly created a hazard for small watercraft on open waters.
Residents can expect temperatures on Wednesday and through the week to increase from the high 70s to the low 80s.
There’s also a slight change of thunderstorms returning to North Texas on Thursday.
JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @Jdharden.