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University of North Texas students walk around a large puddle Monday near Sage Hall. A cold front that came through late Sunday afternoon brought more rain and temperatures in the 40s to North Texas. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth says the cool temperatures and rain will continue through much of the week.

Sunday’s cold front marked a major temperature change for people in Denton County on Monday as it felt more like winter than fall, and it should remain that way through much of the week.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth say Tuesday will look and feel a lot like Monday, when it rained for most of the day and the temperature hovered in the mid-40s.

“It will probably last all the way into Wednesday morning,” meteorologist Matt Stalley said of the rain.

The rain is supposed to stop for most of Wednesday, but Stalley said it will pick up for another round of showers Thursday and Friday. The NWS forecasts the county will see at least 2 to 3 inches of rainfall this week.

Temperatures will hold around the mid-40s through Wednesday, and then rise to the upper 50s toward the weekend, Stalley said.

A flood watch is in place through 7 p.m. Tuesday for much of North Texas, including Denton County. And a part of southwest Denton County in the Justin area was under a river flood warning Monday. Stalley said the designation was because the rain caused river waters in some areas to swell, including Denton Creek.

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Water flows through a tributary of the Elm Fork creek near Elm Bottom Circle on Monday near Aubrey. Due to rain over the past several weeks, both Ray Roberts Lake and Lewisville Lake are a more than 3 feet above normal levels.

Despite a flood watch for the county, there were no reports Monday of people needing rescue over the weekend. Some people in the Argyle area were temporarily trapped by flash-flood waters Saturday morning, but Jody Gonzalez, the Denton County Emergency Services coordinator, said they needed only to wait for the waters to recede.

Ray Roberts and Lewisville lakes were more than 3 feet above normal elevation, but the lakes have sat above their normal levels since around Sept. 23, Nicholas Wilson, a park ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Monday.

Rainfall over the past few weekends has caused the lakes to rise. Wilson said Ray Roberts had risen less than half a foot from Sunday to Monday afternoon. Lewisville Lake swelled by just over half a foot in the same time span, he said.

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

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