Plenty of moisture was in place Friday over North Texas, although one ingredient was missing for a major rain event.But that’s coming Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.A cold front that was over Colorado and New Mexico early Friday evening is expected to provide the “lift” necessary to shake loose heavy showers Saturday evening in North Texas.Forecasters have said 1 to 2 inches of rain could fall over the weekend. Sunday’s forecast includes a 70 percent chance for showers during the day and 20 percent at night.Setting the stage were strong southerly winds that delivered humid air from the Gulf of Mexico to North Texas.“We’ve had a pretty rapid increase of moisture in the last 24 hours,” said Dennis Cavanaugh, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. “There has been a transport of deep Gulf moisture that was over South Texas, but now it’s over us.”With humid air in place, the front is expected to reach the region between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Cavanaugh said.Forecasters are so confident that they predict a 100 percent chance of rain Saturday night, Cavanaugh said. They are hedging their bets with a 30 percent chance that rain will arrive in the morning, he said.Some scattered thunderstorms are possible before dawn Saturday. No severe weather is expected, but North Texas soils have regained moisture with a similar rain event last week, which opens the possibility of isolated flooding for areas that get the heaviest rainfall, the weather service said.
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