Severe thunderstorms may dampen morning egg hunts in DFW

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Hold on to your bonnet and keep the Easter bunny under wraps until afternoon, because another round of severe storms is expected to thunder across Dallas-Fort Worth this morning.

"Some of the morning thunderstorms could be severe," said Jennifer Dunn, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Fort Worth office. North Texas remains under a severe thunderstorm watch until noon.

The primary threats will be large hail and damaging winds of up to 60 mph, she said.

"It will be a wet morning. There's definitely potential for strong storms. People need to check the weather before they venture out. The weather will definitely be more favorable Sunday afternoon," she said.

Hail was reported in Collin County north of Dallas at 8 a.m. Sunday, and there was a possibility of hail in north Dallas and Richardson as the storms crossed North Texas moving southeast.

Most of Tarrant County got a half-inch to an inch of rain early Saturday, with 0.96 inch recorded at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

There were reports of nickel-sized hail across much of the southern portions of the county, from the Hulen Mall area to Mansfield, Dunn said.

"This system Saturday night and Sunday morning is riding down along a weak cold front. We also have several disturbances in the midlevel of the atmosphere that are helping with this," Dunn said.

Less volatile conditions are expected this afternoon until Monday night, when a stronger cold front is forecast to arrive shifting winds to the north. There's a 50 percent chance of rain Monday night and a 70 percent chance Tuesday and Tuesday night, Dunn said.

The cold front will drop temperatures into the low 40s Wednesday night.

Temperatures should get back closer to normal later in the week, with highs in the 70s forecast for Friday and Saturday.

Steve Campbell, 817-390-7981

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