Freeze Warning in Effect Until Tuesday Morning

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014  |  Updated 5:56 AM CDT
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The winter that just won't quit has one more punch.  A cold front is bringing a freeze warning and frost advisory for parts of North Texas. Calloway's Nursery says it's important to protect your plants.

Ben Russell, NBC 5 News

The winter that just won't quit has one more punch. A cold front is bringing a freeze warning and frost advisory for parts of North Texas. Calloway's Nursery says it's important to protect your plants.

A cold front has brought snow to the Texas Panhandle, hail to the central part of the state and forecasts for freezing conditions accompanied by strong winds to North Texas.

Much of North Texas remains under a wind advisory until 9 p.m. and a freeze warning until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

NBC 5 meteorologist Remeisha Shade said strong northerly winds gusting to 40 mph will continue to push in cold air and that the high Monday is only expected to climb into the 50s.

"The skies should clear later this evening and provide good viewing for the lunar eclipse after midnight," Shade said. "Tuesday morning will be cold with some locations experiencing the latest freeze on record, especially north and west of DFW. Milder weather returns later this week, but the 70s won't return until Thursday."

A freeze warning means these conditions may kill sensitive plants and residents are advised to protect tender vegetation. Automatic sprinkler systems should also be turned off to avoid creating ice patches on nearby roads, driveways and sidewalks.

Ron McQueen, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Lubbock, said temperatures Sunday in West Texas were in the 80s, but then plummeted into the evening. A half-inch of snow fell on Amarillo and other areas.

McQueen said temperatures in South Texas will drop Monday from the 80s down to the 50s with winds of 30 mph.

Strong thunderstorms and hail moved through Central Texas on Monday and will extend into the Houston area.

In addition to the Dallas area, San Antonio areas saw temperatures drop into the 40s overnight Sunday.

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