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North Texas Shocked By Early Cold Spell

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Things got a little chilly across North Texas this past weekend, and the cold temperatures continued early on Monday morning. Anyone heading outside on Columbus Day will probably want to wear a jacket and gloves, because the DFW area is definitely a lot colder than usual for this time of the year.

Overnight temperatures, Sunday night into Monday morning, dropped to the 40s and even 30s in some northern cities. Readings throughout Dallas were around 45 degrees. Even those who managed to tough out the cooler weather this past weekend started turning on their car heaters for the first time this season, once they stepped outside on Monday morning.

A Frost Advisory was put into effect, with temperatures sitting anywhere between 33 degrees and 42 degrees, depending on where in DFW you want to look. The average first frost for the Metroplex should be around November 22, so any October day this cold certainly comes as a shock. Morning temperatures at this time of the year are typically around 59 degrees.

The rare early cold spell is not just affecting North Texas. Chilly weather is gripping most of the country. Record low temperatures were set from the Texas Panhandle up into Iowa on Sunday, and hard freeze warnings extended from Texas to upstate New York.

But the cold weather will not last very long. Temperatures are expected to be back over 80 degrees on Tuesday afternoon and close to 90 degrees by this coming weekend. How is that for Texas weather?

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