DFW advised to watch skies for developing storms

Posted Monday, Apr. 15, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Forecasters are warning North Texas residents to keep an eye on the skies Monday afternoon and tonight as severe storms could form west of Fort Worth.

Forecasters were watching for any signs of storms developing along a dryline.

"They need to continue to pay attention through the evening," said National Weather Service meteorologist Jennifer Dunn.

If storms fire up, they are expected to form along a line from Cisco to Bowie to Gainesville. It is not clear if they will reach the Dallas-Fort Worth area before falling apart after sunset.

"Any storms would be severe," Dunn said. "The main threats would be wind and hail but we can't rule out a chance of tornadoes."

Highs are expected to climb into the upper 80s again on Tuesday, some 10-12 degrees above normal for mid-April, and some areas just west of Fort Worth should reach 90, the National Weather Service is forecasting.

The average high temperature for April 15 is 76; the record is 93, set in 1940.

Another round of storms, which should be more widespread, is expected to arrive midweek

"The main event is going to be Wednesday night or early Thursday," said National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Martello. "We're going to have the front arrive some time after midnight and we'll have a slight threat of severe storms. The worst threat will be through Central Oklahoma into St. Louis."

Like last week's storms, forecasters aren't predicting a drought breaker. Most areas will see a half-inch to an inch of rain.

It will be much cooler Thursday and Friday with highs near 60 and a low in the upper 30s. But temperatures will rebound next weekend with highs in the upper 60s Saturday and mid-70s on Sunday.

Bill Hanna, (817) 390-7698

Twitter: @fwhanna

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