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A portable heater used on an outdoor patio at Bold Republic Brewing in Belton was blown down by strong winds Saturday as a cold front moved through Central Texas. Strong winds with gusts as high as 44 mph blew out of the northwest Saturday.

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BELTON — Although it would have been appropriate for a cold and windy Saturday morning, hot apple cider was not on tap at the Water Street Farmers Market in downtown Belton.

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Texas saw its hottest December since 1889, with an average daily temperature of 59 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the state’s climatologist. That’s roughly 12 degrees warmer than the average Texas December during the 20th century.

Marlon Askew walks his three dogs — Sally, left, a Lab Coon mix; Abby, a Poodle Lab mix; and Coco, a Jack Russell Shih Tzu mix — Saturday along Kegley Road in West Temple. Their reflections are seen in a puddle made by overnight rain.

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WASHINGTON — A snowy owl apparently touring iconic buildings of the nation’s capital is captivating birdwatchers who manage to get a glimpse of the rare, resplendent visitor from the Arctic.

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Raindrops cling to a cactus plant Saturday in downtown Temple.

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People gather Monday morning at Feed My Sheep in Temple to drink coffee, eat doughnuts, rest and get out of the cold, including a man, left, sitting with a small blanket over his head and wearing several layers of clothing. Overnight temperatures dipped into the lower 20s Monday and were exp…

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People gather Monday morning at Feed My Sheep in Temple to drink coffee, eat doughnuts, rest and get out of the cold, including a man, left, sitting with a small blanket over his head and wearing several layers of clothing. Overnight temperatures dipped into the lower 20s Monday and were exp…

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Celeste Lauber is bundled up in a hoodie Monday as she sweeps leaves off the sidewalk outside of Treno Restaurant in downtown Temple.

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February 2021 will be remembered by Texans and by our trees as the year of the “Deep Freeze.” Even now, more than nine months removed from Winter Storm Uri, Texans are still seeing the effects of the “Deep Freeze.”