Meteorologists in Fort Worth are forecasting a rainy and windy homestretch into the weekend.

Starting around noon Thursday until Friday afternoon, a cold front is expected to bring high winds and a good chance of rain into Denton County and the greater North Texas area, according to meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. The front also carries the possibility of isolated thunderstorms, they said Tuesday.

There is a possibility of snow with the rain Thursday night into Friday morning, but as of Tuesday, the weather service was not expecting that any snow would stick because temperatures are not forecast to drop below freezing this week.

“We’re still watching how things develop,” meteorologist Matt Bishop said Tuesday.

Bishop said high temperatures Thursday will reach the mid-50s, with lows Friday morning in the upper 30s. North winds will be between 30 and 40 mph, with occasional gusts reaching 50 mph. The high winds are supposed to die down as the sun sets Friday, Bishop said.

There is a 50 percent chance for rain Thursday afternoon through Friday that could turn into a wintry mix of rain and snow Thursday night. But Bishop said people in Denton County are not likely to see much snow accumulate on the ground, as temperatures will remain above freezing.

“The rain should come to an end around midday Friday,” he said.

People west of the Interstate 35 corridor have the best hopes for snow during this period. Bishop said that side of the corridor presents a more favorable mix of stronger wind lifts, more moisture and colder air meeting a low-pressure system making its way through the region Thursday and Friday.

DALTON LAFERNEY can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @daltonlaferney.

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