FORT WORTH — Trick-or-treaters won’t need rain coats Thursday evening, but they might need a light jacket.Clouds and showers will give way to sunny skies Thursday afternoon for North Texas while other areas of Texas will still be dealing with the results of storms that dumped more than eight inches of rain overnight in East and Central Texas.A flash flood emergency has been declared for much of Travis and Williamson counties in the Austin area Thursday morning as heavy rains have caused multiple road closures, water rescues and evacuations.Areas east of Temple and near Palestine received from six to eight inches of rain overnight, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. Groesbeck in Limestone County had over eight inches of rain overnight, the weather service reported. Groesbeck is about 110 miles southeast of Fort Worth.Dry air over much of North Texas on Thursday kept rainfall totals down, said meteorologist Dan Huckaby at the weather service office in Fort Worth on Thursday. Rainfall totals for Tarrant County were mostly under a half-inch.“We would have loved more rain, but it just didn’t happen,” Huckaby said.Showers will move out of North Texas by mid-day, giving Halloween fans clear skies, temperatures in the 60s and light winds for this evening. For those staying out a little later tonight, temperatures will dip into the 50s.For the weekend, forecasters are calling for sunny skies with morning temperatures in the upper 40s and daytime temperatures in the lower 70s.Rain chances return late Sunday to early Monday for North Texas, and those chances will stretch over several days.
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