Chilly weather engulfs north Texas

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    With lows for Tuesday and Wednesday predicted to be well below freezing, students are bracing for more chilly weather this week.

    According to the National Weather Service, this cold weather comes on the heels of a winter storm watch that ended Sunday evening after depositing 0.3 inches of snow on the Fort Worth area.

    Sophomore nursing major Kristy Wilson found the chilly weather a welcome change from the humidity in her hometown, Houston. She said she was able to wear shorts on Christmas day in Houston.

    “I actually really like it,” Wilson said. “It’s cold, so it feels like January, not August.”

    Wilson said she was looking forward to the possibility of more snow.

    “I’m really excited,” she said. “Last year, school was canceled for Thursday and Friday. I want that to happen again.”

    According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will fall as low as 19 degrees today and to the mid-20s on Wednesday.

    Fort Worth’s National Weather Service representative, Matt Mosier, said students should be more concerned about icy roads than any potential snowfall that would disrupt class.

    “Any water, any residual moisture left on the road is likely to freeze,” Mosier said. “There’s a potential, if there’s any kind of moisture on the roads, [that] there could be some icy spots out there.”

    Sophomore broadcast journalism major Lexy Cruz said she was concerned about the effect that below-freezing temperatures could have on commuter students and those traveling back from out of town.

    “[In] Texas, we don’t know how to deal with snow,” Cruz said. “We close school for two inches of snow, so it might be hard for people who don’t know how to drive in [it].”

    The forecast for the weekend shows highs in the upper 50s, according to the National Weather Service.

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