Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Cochrane, Alberta
Is it a 4x4? A whining type noise from the front wheel could be a half engaged/disengaged hub.
When you start the truck in 2wd it applies vacuum to the hub, if there isn't enough vacuum it won't disengage and you'll be half in 4x4. Being "cold" can slow down the moving parts so it may finally get enough vacuum and it pops like you described. If there is condensation in the hub it could freeze up and cause issues, which lots of older trucks had happen.
More common of an issue with 04-08 trucks but not unheard of on newer trucks. If it's half engaged it will tear the hub and and eventually stop functioning.
2016 F150 XLT XTR 4x4 2.7 Ecoboost