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Heavy Storms Bring Sharp Temperature Drop, Badly Needed Rain

Winter-like weather is on the way

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North Texas is seeing its first major rain event in weeks with a cold front that's also bringing a sharp drop in temperatures.

The Friday morning cold front is one of two forecast to sweep through North Texas in the span of a few days. The second front will arrive Monday.

Temperatures started out mild Friday morning but will quickly tumble during the day. Most of the afternoon it will be quite chilly with temperatures in the 50s (perhaps 40s farther west). A coat or jacket will definitely come in handy.

Friday's front also brought heavy thunderstorms. At one point a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued at about 7:30 a.m. in Hood and Somervell counties.

Rain totals won't be impressive Friday - only about a quarter-inch or so. The good news, however, is that more rain is in store next week. We desperately need some.

For the entire month of October, only a trace of rain has fallen at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

The weekend will feature pleasant weather. Saturday will be cold in the morning (40s), then sunny and cool in the afternoon. Sunday will be sunny and much warmer.

Prepare to grab a warm coat when you head out the door Monday. This is when the second, stronger cold front arrives. It will feel like winter. The high will struggle to make it into the 50s Monday and the wind will be brisk.

Even colder air will settle in by Tuesday. In addition to the cold air, rain chances will be in place Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. At this time, we're not expecting any winter precipitation in North Texas - just cold and wet next week. 

Check here for the latest forecast from the NBC 5 Weather Experts.

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