The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

March 11, 2013

Is winter finally losing its grip?

By BRAD KELLAR
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — Has Greenville seen its last freeze of the winter?

Although spring doesn’t officially start until next week, a significant warming trend is in the forecast for the rest of this week and based on weather records it may be possible that the local temperatures won’t be dipping below the freezing point until well until the fall.

The National Weather Service notes the average last freeze falls on March 13 each year in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. After a strong cold front blew into North Texas during the weekend, the low fell to 34 degrees early Monday morning at Majors Field Municipal Airport in Greenville. The airport last recorded reaching the freezing mark of 32 degrees last Thursday morning, March 7.

The low was expected to dip down to 35 degrees by this morning, which will be the coldest it is supposed to get locally for the rest of the week. By this weekend, the low temperatures are forecast to be in the 50s, with highs in the 70s.

That’s not to say we have positively seen our last freeze of the season. The temperatures dipped to at or below the freezing point as late as April in North Texas, including on April 7. 2009 in Greenville.

The National Weather Service reported that the region’s last freeze of the season hit on April 13 in both 1957 and 1997 and it has know to dip into the 40s overnight well into May in some years.

The average first freeze of the year in North Texas falls on Nov. 22.