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Storms expected to arrive with cold front overnight Tuesday

04/08/2013 8:29 AM

04/08/2013 5:09 PM

The start of the week will definitely feel like spring with lots of humidity and highs in the 80s.

But North Texas will feel a dramatic change overnight Tuesday, when a strong cold front blows into the area, likely accompanied by a line of thunderstorms.

"The storms will likely arrive in the Metroplex around midnight but the highest severe threat will be in our northwestern counties around Bowie and Graham," said National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Bishop. The storms will carry a slight risk of tornadoes but the greater threat will be for large hail and straight-line winds.

Almost all of North Texas should see some rain with totals expected to be between a half-inch and an inch. The only areas that might miss out on rain are southwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area toward Hamilton or Lampasas. Heavier rainfall totals are expected east of the DFW area.

"It doesn't look like a real washout but hopefully everybody will get some beneficial rain out of this," said Bishop, who added there are no chances of significant rainfall for the next week after these storms move through the area.

Once the cold front passes, it will be dramatically cooler with highs only in the 50s on Wednesday and lows Wednesday night in the upper 30s. It will get back into the lower 60s Thursday and drop into the lower 40s Friday morning. But highs will recover to near 70 on Friday and the mid-70s on Saturday.

Bill Hanna, (817) 390-7698

Twitter: @fwhanna

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