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Flash flood watch in effect this evening for Dallas-Fort Worth

01/08/2013 7:54 AM

01/08/2013 8:01 PM

FORT WORTH _ North Texans had better find their rain boots.

Light showers began falling in North Texas Tuesday morning, and forecasters say heavy rains will arrive Tuesday evening, continuing into Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a flash flood watch, which goes into effect Tuesday evening and continues until 4 p.m. Wednesday for most of North Texas, where residents could see two to four inches of rain.

"We could have the biggest rain event since Easter," said meteorologist Dan Huckaby of the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. On April 8, 2.23 inches of rain was recorded at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

An upper level storm system is bringing widespread rain to North Texas which could create flooding of creeks, small streams, drainage areas and low water crossings in the area.

"We don't usually see a storm system like this with so much precipitation at this time of the year," Huckaby said.

But forecasters say January deluges happen.

Just a year ago, D/FW Airport recorded 4.27 inches of rain for January 24-25.

While Tarrant County residents will get soaked, forecasters say that rainfall totals could be heavier in areas east and southeast of Dallas-Fort Worth.

The chance of rain Tuesday is 80 percent, jumping to 100 percent in the evening, the weather service says.

On Wednesday, there's a 90 percent chance of rain.

North Texans had better grab a coat along with those rain boots because temperatures will only reach the upper 40s Tuesday and the 50s on Wednesday.

Warm weather comes back the rest of the week, and North Texas could even have temperatures in the 70s on Friday.

But a very strong cold front comes to North Texas on Saturday with a 20 percent chance of rain. The high for Sunday could be only in the lower 40s.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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