Fire, rain, wind in this week's North Texas forecast

Posted Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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FORT WORTH -- North Texans will be on a weather roller-coaster this week.

Forecasters say there's a high fire danger alert out Sunday because of gusty winds, dry air and unseasonably warm temperatures.

Winds are expected to be 20 to 25 mph, with gusts to 35. The high temperature was 71 degree.

The threat of fires is mostly west of Interstate 35W.

The National Weather Service office in Fort Worth is calling for a brief threat of fire danger Monday in the far western areas of the region.

Also Monday, residents are faced with a slight chance of rain in the area.

Forecasters are calling for sunny skies and a high in the 60s on Tuesday.

But a significant Pacific front arrives Wednesday, bringing a 60 percent chance of rain Wednesday night and Thursday.

"A squall line could form, and we might see some severe storms. These storms could have strong winds and hail," said meteorologist Jennifer Dunn at the NWS office in Fort Worth on Sunday. "It looks like rainfall totals could be a half-inch to an inch, and maybe more in some areas."

The rains head out Thursday afternoon and temperatures should be in the upper 60s.

It should be partly cloudy with highs in the mid-60s for Friday.

For runners in the Cowtown Marathon and the shorter races this weekend, forecasters are calling for lows near 40 and the highs in the 60s.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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