Threat of severe storms looms in Dallas-Fort Worth forecast

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This unusual spring-like weather will bring a chance of severe thunderstorms on Tuesday that could include damaging winds and hail in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Storm Prediction Center has the DFW area under a slight risk for severe weather. Portions of East Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi are facing a moderate to high risk of severe storms.

The best chance of rain for DFW in the National Weather Service forecast will be around noon and shortly thereafter.

"Damaging winds and hail are the main risks but there could be a little bowing of storms or squall lines that could cause isolated tornadoes," said weather service meteorologist Eric Martello. "I think most of that tornado threat will be east of Dallas in the Paris-Greenville-Terrell area. The Ark-la-tex region from Hot Springs to Shreveport and eastward could be under the gun for severe weather."

Martello said most people will see a half-inch to an inch of rain but the storms will move through rapidly, likely preventing heavier downpours.

While rain and severe weather will be the primary concern locally on Tuesday, areas to the west of Tarrant County will have to worry about a fire weather watch from the combination of strong winds and low humidity.

"I think the worst will be way west of Fort Worth in the area from Graham to Breckenridge to Cisco," Martello said. "They won't see much of the rain and it will be very warm and windy."

The warm, muggy weather made it feel more like May in DFW on Monday morning.

The low temperature of 67 Monday at DFW Airport broke the previous record of 63 set in 1956 for the warmest low temperature for the date. Temperatures climbed into the mid-70s Monday afternoon but were expected to stay below the record high of 85 for this date.

Bill Hanna, (817) 390-7698

Twitter: @fwhanna

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