A hard freeze warning remains in effect for the North Texas area until 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The unusually cold temperatures bring a potential for frozen pipes, particularly those uninsulated and exposed, which may freeze and burst.
To prevent pipes from freezing, wrap any exposed areas and allow both hot and cold water faucets to slowly drip. Ensure that irrigation systems are turned off and winterized.
Forecasters also urge people to provide adequate shelter and arrangements for outdoor pets.
“Blustery and bitterly cold conditions will continue through daybreak,” forecasters aid, saying they expect temperatures to fall into the single digits across northwestern North Texas and into the 10s elsewhere.
Wind chill values will be as low as 2 to 10 degrees below 0 Fahrenheit northwest of a Temple to Corsicana to Emory line and from 0 to 5 degrees above 0 Fahrenheit elsewhere.
No winter precipitation is expected Wednesday, with forecasters cautioning those venturing out in the early hours to wear several layers of warm clothing, including hats and gloves, to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.
A wind chill advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m. Wednesday, with wind chills expected to remain or drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit through early morning. A wind chill advisory means that very cold air and strong wind swill combine to generate low wind chills. Prolonged exposure to the cold may result in frostbite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If venturing outside, dress in layers and wear a hat and gloves.
Very cold temperatures are forecast for the North Texas area through late week, with a chance of light snow for areas southeast of a Goldthwaite to DFW to Bonham line Thursday night and Friday.