Friday, 29 April 2016

Second band of severe weather expected to stay south of Dallas-Fort Worth

The Dallas area appeared to largely dodge severe weather for a second time this week on Thursday.

Severe-thunderstorm warnings for Collin and Denton counties were canceled about 5:30 p.m. because the storm had weakened, the National Weather Service said.

A second band of storms was moving east south of Tarrant and Dallas counties, and the region remained under a tornado watch until 10 p.m.

Meteorologist Brian James with KXAS-TV (NBC5) said that second line of storms was expected to stay south of Dallas but that severe weather was possible from Meridian to Hillsboro.

Power outages were reported for about 6,000 customers, mostly in Tarrant County, according to Oncor.

Trinity Park in Fort Worth was evacuated and Mayfest closed for the day around 4:30 p.m. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport said that the storm system affected some flights to and from the airport.

In Lindale, about 90 miles east of Dallas, several injuries were reported after a suspected tornado touched down.

Some areas of Dallas-Fort Worth were hit overnight with scattered storms — but that had been expected to be just a warm-up to Friday evening’s weather.

“As far as weather patterns go, this is a much stronger system than it was on Tuesday,” National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cain said early Friday afternoon.

Tuesday’s storms produced three tornadoes in Grayson County, about 70 miles north of Dallas, injuring five people.
Overnight storms

Most of the early-morning storms Friday hit between 1 and 2 a.m. with some brief heavy rainfall, thunder and lightning, which got stronger as they moved northeast, NWS meteorologist Steve Fano said.

The overnight storms contributed a bit more to April’s rain tally, which was already at 4.53 inches, almost two inches above the month’s average, according to the National Weather Service.
Weekend forecast

A slight cold front is expected to roll through Saturday, which will bring the humidity down and drop highs into the mid- to upper 70s. Lows will be in the 50s.

“It will remain cloudy but start to clear up Saturday,” Fano said. “The rest of the weekend looks very nice.”

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