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Cold front to bring near-freezing temperatures to Denton

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect a correction in the location of an outdoor movie screening on Friday night.

The Denton area could get its first frost early this year. 

As a cold front moves into the area Thursday evening, low temperatures Friday night could sink as low as 33 degrees in Denton, and could dip below that in low areas and sheltered areas, said Jason Godwin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. 

"We won't be surprised if there's some frost Friday night," Godwin said. "This looks like it will be the coldest air that we've had so far this fall by a pretty good bit."

The average first frost falls on Nov. 17, according to historical data analyzed by the Farmers' Almanac. 

Robert Reyna enjoys the fall weather by hitting some golf balls Wednesday at North Lakes Driving Range.

Wednesday's high was in the upper 70s, but temperatures are predicted to drop towards the end of the week.DRC
Robert Reyna enjoys the fall weather by hitting some golf balls Wednesday at North Lakes Driving Range. Wednesday's high was in the upper 70s, but temperatures are predicted to drop towards the end of the week.
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The cold front will move into North Texas early Thursday evening after daytime temperatures reach the mid-80s, Godwin said. Friday, the temperature will only reach the low 50s, then drop overnight to near freezing. 

There are slight chances for showers with the cold front, but because the air is so dry, it's unlikely it will rain, he said.

The cold air will be accompanied by strong northerly winds that right now look like they will be around 25 miles per hour with higher gusts. Wind advisories could be issued, Godwin said. 

With the anticipated temperatures and wind, city staff are considering canceling outdoor events Friday evening. The "Halloween Harvest" event is set to take place at Denia Recreation Center, followed by an outdoor movie screening in Denia Park. 

Near-freezing temperatures also mean it's time for frost precautions. 

Janet Laminack, horticulture agent with the Denton County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, recommends covering plants with something like a sheet or old-school Christmas lights to keep plants warm. 

"Because we're going to warm back up, you might just want to protect some things overnight," she said. 

Temperatures will creep back up into the 70s by Monday and stay that way through next week, Godwin said. 

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889.