Rawlings: Arctic front won't affect Friday's JFK commemoration

Rawlings: Arctic front won't affect Friday's JFK commemoration

Mayor Mike Rawlings in the Flag Room at City Hall.

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by MATT GOODMAN

WFAA

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 21 at 5:18 PM

DALLAS –– An arctic front headed to Dallas from the northwest will plunge temperatures into the 30s on Friday and likely scatter rains throughout the region. But Texans are a tenacious bunch, says Mayor Mike Rawlings, and that’s hardly a reason to cancel or modify the long-planned commemoration for the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. 

“Texans are tough and a crisp day won’t prevent us from marking this important time in history,” Rawlings said. “We believe this important event cannot be duplicated in another location, so the commemoration will take place tomorrow as planned.” 

At 11:30 a.m., more than 5,000 guests –– yes, Texans, but also folks from all over the world –– will convene at Dealey Plaza for a noon ceremony that includes a flyover, a brief performance by members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and speeches by the mayor and Pulitzer winner David McCullough. 

The front will pass over Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport hours before that. By 9 p.m., those muggy temperatures North Texans have felt all day Thursday will vanish. Chief meteorologist Pete Delkus expects temperatures to drop as much as 20 degrees in a matter of minutes. 

The winds will blow out of the north and gust between 25 and 35 miles per hour. 

By noon, Dallas is looking at 38 degrees with a wind-chill of closer to 28 degrees. There’s a 70 percent chance of scattered, light to moderate rains throughout the area. And it only gets colder from there –– Saturday will be cool with scattered rains. In areas west of Fort Worth, that system could bring sleet, Delkus says. 

The real cause of concern is Sunday. That will bring “widespread” rain, sleet and freezing rain. 

“That’s the big system right there, the Sunday one,” Delkus said. 

But first and foremost, the city has its eye on Friday. Slight modifications to the schedule –– like bus delays from meeting points –– have already been worked out, should they need to be enacted, Rawlings assures. 

And he hopes you heed his advice: “Bundle up.” 

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