Chris Van Horne, NBC 5 Fort Worth Reporter
After a little snow, temperatures dipped to the 30s and 40s, some North Texans say it's about time it started feeling like winter.
After flirting with or setting record high temperatures so far in December, winter arrived in North Texas with a vengeance overnight Sunday.
A strong cold front pushed the coldest air of the season to the South Plains Sunday, dropping temperatures into the 20s Monday morning.
Light snow fell early Monday morning across parts of North Texas, though it isn't expected to stick around for too long.
NBC 5 meteorologist Grant Johnston said brisk north winds will continue to keep things very cold for most of Monday. The wind chill dropped into the teens early morning morning, though it will gradually transition to the 20s and 30s throughout the day.
The high Monday will be in the 40s under sunny skies. Monday night will usher in the coldest air yet with lows in the low 20s.
Johnston said temperatures will gradually climb throughout the week and will be back toward the 60s next weekend. (Get the latest forecast information here.)
Monday's winter weather wasn't severe enough to prompt any school delays or closings.
Oncor reported only about 300 customers in North Texas without power.
Power Knocked Out to 3,000 in Central Texas
Strong winds and freezing weather cut electricity to about 3,000 homes and businesses in central parts of the state. Austin Energy spokesman Ed Clark says windy conditions caused the outages before dawn Monday.
Clark says about 2,300 customers in Austin lost electricity when a power pole was damaged. The rest lost power when strong winds blew tree limbs into power lines. Crews restored electricity to about two-thirds of those customers by 8 a.m. Monday.
Temperatures dipped into the teens in parts of the Panhandle. The National Weather Service says light snow associated with the cold front was reported in parts of North Texas, including Decatur, Denton and Fort Worth.
Some schools in the Lubbock area delayed the start of classes Monday due to weather.
Locals Embrace Cooler Temperatures
Despite temperatures in the 30s and low 40s much of the day, groups of people still came to Fort Worth's Sundance Square for midday choir performances.
Wearing caps, gloves and coats parents and grandparents took in the scene in front of the Christmas tree.
"It is finally time to celebrate Christmas," said Lisa Miller of Colleyville. "It's been so warm, last weekend was what, in the low 80s? This feels much more like the holiday season."
It is also the busy season at hardware shops across North Texas. At the Home Depot on John T. White Road in east Fort Worth, the winter weatherizing gear was moved up front over the weekend after last minute crowds rushed in for supplies.
"Yesterday (Sunday), we got pretty slammed toward the afternoon," said manager Alex de Armas. "Once they started realizing the weather was going to to turn ugly, they started coming in droves. That's when we started getting the stuff ready, accumulating it all in one spot so the customer knows where to get it."
Customers were busy picking up faucet covers, pipe insulation, heaters and firewood as they prepare for an even colder wake up on Tuesday.