Jeff Smith, NBC 5 News
As temperatures plunged Tuesday morning, visitors to the Trinity Trails in Fort Worth bundled up before heading out for exercise.
Freezing temperatures have hit North Texas, causing the first "early" freeze since 2000.
NBC 5 Meteorologists said that the typical first freeze in the area occurs around Nov. 22. That date is an average, with some freezes happening earlier and some later than that date each year. This freeze is significant, though, as North Texas has not seen freezing temperatures before Nov. 22 since 2000.
The widespread temperature drop led the National Weather Service to issue freeze warnings for much of the Metroplex until 10 a.m. Wednesday. After that time, temperatures are expected to warm to the 60s on Thursday before climbing back into the 70s for the weekend.
Despite the freezing cold temperatures, dozens of runners and walkers hit the Trinity Trail in Fort Worth before the sun came up.
"You get yourself mentally prepared. But once you walk out the door and actually fell the cool, crisp air, you figure you're already out, might as well just go ahead and do it," said Jeff Daniels.
"A hat is a good idea, it helps keeps the heat in," he added.
Many of the early-morning runners wore pants, long sleeve undershirts, sweatshirts, and fleeces. Some runners wore shorts, though. Because of the temperatures, nearly everybody had at least a hat on and gloves.
"When you love running, you do what you got to do," said Micah Barnum.
Many runners said even though it was cold, they were happy there was no wind.
“We’re only out here because there’s no wind. If there was wind, we wouldn’t be here," said Richard Hyre. "It feels cold out there, but not too bad without the wind.”
As the temperatures dropped, police warned residents to turn off sprinklers to avoid icy patches developing on roadways. Police in multiple cities will give out tickets if they see sprinklers turned on.