Arctic blast blows through North Texas

January 16, 2024
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Oliver Nature Park sported a covering of snow on Monday afternoon.

By Amanda Rogers

Mansfield Record

An Arctic air mass blasted into North Texas on Saturday, dropping temperatures below freezing and bringing a ground-covering snow.

Government offices, banks and schools were already closed for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, but the freezing temperatures kept Mansfield ISD schools closed on Tuesday.

Gabby Opalach, Anna Hinton and Jaedon Opalach spent Monday afternoon sledding.

Temperatures dropped below freezing about 6 p.m. Saturday and  remained there until 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, said Steve Fano, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, for a total of 89 hours at or below freezing.

Another cold front is expected Thursday, but it won't be as bad as the last one. Temperatures will hit 54 degrees before dipping to 24 degrees. Friday's high will be 35 degrees, and Saturday will be 36 degrees.

The high on Monday only reached 26 degrees, while the low of 11 degrees tied a 1905 record.

Snow blew in on Sunday night through Monday morning with varying amounts across the area. Lewisville piled up to 2 inches, DFW Airport reported 1.5 inches, while Mansfield reported .3 to 1 inch of snow.

The high for Tuesday is expected to reach 28 degrees, with the low still a frosty 15 degrees, Sanchez said.

Southern winds will bring warmer air on Wednesday, when temperatures are expected to reach 44 degrees by afternoon.

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