The chances of rain overnight moving into Tuesday morning have been upgraded from even to almost a certainty for much of Dallas-Fort Worth.
But don't fret, Thanksgiving Day is looking good as far as weather goes - clear and sunny, according to the National Weather Service forecast.
The thunderstorms that weather forecasters are expecting to roll through tonight were getting organized west of Fort Worth Monday afternoon, according to Matt Bishop, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office.
Those storms, which could bring some severe weather, were moving northeast at a pretty good clip. Areas north and northwest of Fort Worth will be the initial targets for all that rain, Bishop said.
Most North Texans should see some showers.
"A little after midnight tonight those main storms will come through," Bishop said. "The biggest threat in the north and west areas will be hail."
Exposure to damaging winds or an isolated tornado is a possibility throughout the area, but residents living southwest and south of Fort Worth, in the Killeen and Cameron areas, have a bit higher probability of severe weather overnight, Bishop said.
The rain should come to an end Tuesday morning and the clouds should be replaced by sunshine by Tuesday afternoon, he said. The low Tuesday night should be around 47, according to the forecast.
Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day should be clear, with highs in the upper 60s and lows in the mid 40s. But Black Friday shoppers, facing a 50 percent chance of showers, would be well-advised to pack an umbrella.
Today's forecast calls for a high in the upper 50s or low 60s, dropping to around 50 overnight.
There's a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms before noon Tuesday. Then it should get sunny with a high around 65. The high Wednesday should be around 68.
A trace of rain was recorded Sunday at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the official reporting station for DFW.
The trace did not affect the annual amount recorded at the airport. The total through Sunday is 20.97 inches, far short of the normal average of 32.84 inches and almost 10 inches below the 29.59 inches recorded through Nov. 20 last year.
The trace of rain Sunday did little to ease drought pressures in the area.
But, said meteorologist Steve Fano, "the expected rainfall tonight could put a small dent in the drought."
Staff writer Marty Sabota contributed to this report.