North Texas Braces for High Winds, Cold Temps

The high was 74 degrees on Sunday, but, by Monday morning, Old Man Winter had returned to North Texas and brought along a blustery day.

NBC 5 meteorologists said a strong Arctic front crossed North Texas at about 3 a.m. Monday, dropping temperatures into the 30s for the morning commute. But the significant drop doesn't stop when rush hour starts — significant wind gusts could push temperatures into the teens by 7 a.m.

The National Weather Service said a wind advisory is in effect for North Texas from 4 a.m. to noon on Monday. Gusts are forecast to be as high as 45 mph and could keep temperatures feeling like they are in the 20s throughout the afternoon.

The high winds knocked out power in some North Texas areas early Monday, according to Oncor's automated system.  By mid-afternoon, nearly all power had been restored and fewer than 700 outages remained.

Elsewhere in the state, agencies are mobilizing to assist motorists and others as snow and ice are possible in several parts of Texas.

The Texas Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety will monitor roadways as forecasts call for a chance of snow or freezing rain for the Houston area and extending into Southeast Texas. There's a 20 percent chance of a wintry mix for Central Texas while flurries are possible for the Panhandle.

School districts in the Houston area have already canceled classes for Tuesday.

High temperatures Tuesday are expected to be in the mid to upper 30s for much of Texas. The Panhandle may not get out of the 20s.

Forecasts call for a chance of rain in South Texas with temps in the upper 40s.

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