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Updated, 7:42 a.m.

Roads around Dallas-Fort Worth are "generally clear," but drivers should still watch out for icy spots in east and southeast Dallas, KXAS-TV meteorologist Brian James says.

While North Texas was largely spared the harsh road conditions predicted Monday, folks should heed the warnings of bitter cold temperatures as they walk out the door Tuesday.

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Update, 3:45 p.m. You might have heard some talk about a certain four-letter word.

There is a chance of light sleet and possibly snow moving into the western and northwestern parts of Dallas-Fort Worth in the next few hours, the National Weather Service in Fort Worth says.

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Hurricane Harvey, which caused massive flooding in Texas, cost $125 billion, making it the most expensive U.S. disaster last year.

With hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record-high bill in 2017 for weather disasters: $306 billion.

Texas just got out of its longest cold spell in six years. Starting Sunday, parts of the state dipped below freezing and stayed there for around three days. Ice caused accidents. Snow brought delight. But one notable outcome was something that did not happen: The lights didn't go out.

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North Texas just recorded its warmest year on record.

In 2017, the average temperature in Dallas-Fort Worth was 69.8 degrees, and that beat the previous record of 69.3 degrees in 2012, the National Weather Service says.

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A powerful cold front has sent temperatures plunging across Texas as far south as the Rio Grande Valley, where the National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch through Tuesday morning.

First Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1912,  Frank Hurley
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In North Texas, highs are expected to reach into the lower 50s on Friday. Pretty doable for a winter day, right? But in true Texas fashion, highs will take a nosedive, tumbling into the upper 20s over the next three days. And conditions are going to vary wildly.

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In North Texas, we can bet on dozens of clear and sunny days every year. But the powers that be like to throw us for a loop every once in a while with strange or even severe weather.

When that happens, use the following handful of online resources to check the local weather conditions, traffic delays and power outages.

Lara Solt / KERA News special contributor

For all of you white Christmas hopefuls, know that a typical Dec. 25 in North Texas reaches the mid-50s with little-to-no measurable precipitation.

But as National Weather Service records show, sometimes the biggest surprise on Christmas Day can be the weather.

Updated 10:40 p.m. ET

Firefighters in California's Ventura and Santa Barbara counties find themselves still locked in a desperate struggle with what has become the fifth-largest wildfire in modern state history. The Thomas Fire, which for a time Sunday was ratcheted down just 10 percent contained, has ticked back upward to 20 percent containment.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: November has been so hot; the Bushes didn’t vote for Trump; the latest on the church shooting; and more.

Old Farmer's Almanac

It's right there on the map in the 2018 version of the "Old Farmer's Almanac" -- a giant snowflake covering North Texas.

Updated at 11:20 p.m. ET

The governors of Florida and Puerto Rico have declared pre-emptive states of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 4 storm churning through the Caribbean on a westward track. The U.S. Virgin Islands also declared a state of emergency.

Forecasters say the dangerous storm also looks increasingly likely to hit the U.S. East Coast, either in South Florida or the Carolinas.

"We have established protocols for the safety of all," Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said, urging islanders to take precautions.

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For updates from Saturday, click here.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall as Category 4 storm with 130 mph sustained winds near Rockport, Texas, the National Hurricane Center reported at 10 p.m. Friday. 

127 degrees in California's Death Valley. 124 degrees in Ocotillo Wells in San Diego County. 119 in Phoenix.

Parts of the Southwest and West are suffering through a heat wave, which is bringing problems beyond sweat and bad hair. Here's what's happening:

1. Airplanes can't take off

Nearly 50 flights were cancelled in Phoenix on Tuesday, as NPR's two-way blog reported. In Las Vegas, some airlines changed flights to take off in the morning when it's cooler.

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Weather watchers are tracking ominous activity in the Gulf of Mexico. An Air Force Reserve helicopter is on standby, ready to fly to a spot off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula where a storm system is building steam.

Updated at 1 p.m. ET

People are taking stock of the damage after severe weather over the weekend killed at least 14 people in five Southern states.

Flooding, lightning and tornadoes caused at least five deaths in Arkansas, four in Texas, two each in Mississippi and Missouri and one in Tennessee. The American Red Cross is calling it the deadliest start to tornado season in nine years.

Molly Evans / KERA News

Severe thunderstorms with damaging winds plus two tornadoes blew through North Texas overnight Tuesday, prompting power outages and school closures across the region.

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Snow flurries blowing across North Texas will taper off this afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Rare Snowfall Blankets Dunes in The Sahara

Dec 22, 2016

On Monday, a rare and beautiful thing happened: There was a dusting of snow on the red sand dunes of the Sahara.

The snow fell on the northern Algerian town of Ain Sefra, which is known as the "gateway to the desert."

Karim Bouchetata, an amateur photographer there, grabbed his camera and took a number of photos before the snow melted later that day. He uploaded them to Facebook, where the surreal images quickly went viral.

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A strong cold front will move into North Texas during the day Saturday forcing temperatures to plummet approximately 50 degrees by the evening, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

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Update, Friday morning: With a low of 24 degrees recorded at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, this is the coldest morning since March 6, 2015, according to the National Weather Service.

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Researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington are learning to predict the weather in space and measure its impact on Earth. But it's a tricky science because space weather activity is tied to the chaotic behavior of the sun. 

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North Texas remains under a heat advisory until 8 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service says.

How To Navigate The Insurance Maze After A Big Storm

May 2, 2016
Lara Solt / KERA News Special Contributor

North Texas has been hit with some costly storms in recent months -- storms that have caused billions of dollars in losses. That includes tornadoes the day after Christmas and several recent hailstorms.  

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Update, Wednesday afternoon: Areas to the north of Dallas-Fort Worth were hit hardest by Tuesday night's storms. The National Weather Service confirms that three tornadoes hit Grayson County, including an EF1 in Whitesboro, an EF0 near Bells and an EF1 near Howe.

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Storms have dumped more than a foot of rain in the Houston area, flooding dozens of neighborhoods and forcing the closure of city offices and the suspension of public transit.

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The Wylie Independent School District called off school on Tuesday – a day after hail the size of baseballs broke windows and caused other building damage.

 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Brace yourself for possible hail and wind damage this afternoon and evening; Dallas paid unique tribute to Pakistan bombing victims; a Granite Shoals woman brought drugs to the police to make sure they weren’t contaminated; and more.

 

Information out from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms what many probably already knew: It was a really warm winter. NOAA’s National Climate Summary for December through February says the lower 48 states experienced the warmest winter ever recorded when it comes to average temperature. 


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