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      Cold front arrives early to Rio Grande Valley

      Here we go again.

      Another round of freezing weather is expected Wednesday night throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

      Starr County felt the difference before the rest of the area.

      A cold front began to push through South Texas early Wednesday morning with temperatures falling to the upper 30s by 8:00 a.m. in Roma, signaling the arrival of arctic air.

      Wind gusts are forecast to reach the 40 mile per hour mark Wednesday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a Wind Advisory from noon Wednesday through 9:00 p.m. Thursday.

      Light showers began showing up on the radar around 5:00 a.m. Wednesday along the coast.

      Showers crossed over the Hidalgo County line by the six o TMclock hour.

      Rain is expected to leave the area by Wednesday evening.

      Overnight temperatures will fall dramatically into the upper 20s and low 30s putting the valley through another hard freeze.

      A Freeze Warning is effective from midnight Wednesday through 9:00 a.m. Thursday.

      The time to protect pets, plants, and pipes is now.