April 25, 2014

Storms less likely Saturday night, Sunday but wildfire risk could be high

The Fort Worth area could see hail overnight and warmer temperatures combined with high winds Sunday afternoon.

Though the risk is slightly lower and less widespread than was forecast Friday, North Texans should be prepared for potentially nasty storms Saturday night and early Sunday and for heightened risk of wildfire Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday night, the chance for showers and thunderstorms is 30 to 40 percent, with wind gusts up to 25 mph.

“It looks like the best potential for severe weather in the Tarrant County area will be late Saturday evening, with storms developing west and moving east,” said Nick Hampshire, a meteorologist with the weather service.

“The tornado potential will be pretty low overnight. The main potential will be for hail. We’re not anticipating any big storms to hit here.”

Senior meteorologist Eric Martello said late Saturday afternoon that cities east of the Metroplex will have the highest risk Sunday.

Hampshire said Dallas-Fort Worth could experience quarter-size hail overnight into Sunday.

“When Sunday afternoon hits, the dry line will be east of Dallas, and that’s when we expect the big storms to hit,” Hampshire said Friday.

Forecasters say there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms early Sunday, with a high temperature of near 90 in the afternoon. Martello said the windy and warm conditions could produce a high risk of wildfire Sunday.

Temperatures will be lower next week, with highs in the 80s Monday and the 70s Tuesday, according to the weather service.

“Once we get past Sunday, we will dry off and cool off,” Hampshire said. “We expect nice weather all of next week.”

Staff writer Taylor Prater contributed to this report.

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