First cold snap of the season hits North Texas

- People are bundling up as they head to work and school this morning.

The forecast for Thursday calls for morning temperatures near freezing with wind chills in the 20s. Some light mixed precipitation might fall southwest of Fort Worth, but otherwise it’s all about the cold.

That means the schools are all open and students are almost guaranteed to drive their teacher’s crazy with oversized jackets and shortened or indoor recess.

Some school districts are taking the opportunity to remind people about their weather policies and explain how decisions are made. Many shared the information on their social media pages Thursday morning.

When it gets this cold, it can also be dangerous for the homeless and those without a working heater. When the temperatures dip, the shelters fill up quickly.

“It’s more homeless people out here than you probably realize. Lot of them sleep in woods because they can’t get access to some of these facilities, because the facilities house so many people,” said Steve Brown, who is homeless in Tarrant County.

The city of Fort Worth said it has a plan in place in case shelters fill up. Cots and blankets were put out at the old police and fire training facility, but so far they haven’t been used.

The temperatures are expected to drop below freezing again Thursday and Friday nights, but climb back up over the weekend.


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