A powerful cold front blew into North Texas Thursday, bringing with it some of the chilliest weather of the season so far and increasing the risk of grass fires.

The cold temperatures may not be an indicator of what is to come this winter, however, as meteorologists issued a mixed forecast of the upcoming season, indicating it could be warmer than normal.

The National Weather Service issued a notice of increased fire danger Thursday, as winds shifted out of the north at gusts of up to 30 miles per hour, with falling humidities.

The low overnight was expected to drop to 30 degrees, with a high of only around 50 degrees today.

The weekend forecast revealed some warming and slight chances of rain between Saturday night and Monday morning. The extended forecast for next Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day holiday was calling for another slight chance of showers and a high in the upper 60s.

The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center issued its December to February (Winter) Outlook Thursday, which predicts the chances for cooler, warmer or near normal temperatures for various regions across the United States. The outlook also forecasts the chances for wetter than normal, drier than normal or near normal precipitation.

The NOAA report indicated most of Texas, including Hunt County and the surrounding area, is expected to have a better than 40 percent chance of a warmer than normal winter, based on the averages recorded between 1971 and 2000.

Almost all of Oklahoma and Missouri were expected to have more than a 50 percent chance of a warmer than normal winter this year.

The outlook also predicted Hunt County and all of North Texas had “equal chances” for precipitation for the winter months, meaning there was a 33.3 percent chance the region would be either wetter, drier or near normal during the three-month period.

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