March 15, 2014

Storms bring much-needed rain to DFW

Tarrant County dodges the worst of the storms, but the balmy temperatures will hide Sunday for more winterlike weather.

Tarrant County got a dose of much-needed rain Saturday, while dodging most of the severe weather.

By 8 p.m., 1.29 inches of rain fell at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, easily surpassing the total of 0.84 inch so far this year, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. It was the most rain since Dec. 21.

“We definitely needed this rain,” said Nick Hampshire, a Weather Service meteorologist. “We’re transitioning from winter to spring, and showers like this are more common.”

Most of the showers tapered off by 8 p.m. and moved east, Hampshire said.

Storms caused some to lose power. At 8:20 p.m., more than 1,800 households in Tarrant County lacked power, according to Oncor’s website.

For the most part, however, severe storms bypassed the Fort Worth area, instead hitting Abilene, Comanche and Glen Rose, which reported large hail and damaging winds. Collin County also reported heavy winds.

“We got pretty lucky in Tarrant County,” Hampshire said. “We just got a good rain.”

Today will feel a bit more like winter, Hampshire added, with highs in the 40s and a slight chance for more showers. Wind gusts could reach 35 to 40 mph.

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