Rain possible in Tarrant County before July 4th holiday

07/02/2014 11:40 AM

07/02/2014 11:40 AM

Keep the rain gear handy because isolated showers and thunderstorms could arrive in Tarrant County on Wednesday and Thursday.

But forecasters say it should be dry on Friday for Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in the Fort Worth Stockyards and the fireworks show in downtown Fort Worth on Friday night.

Showers and thunderstorms hit Oklahoma Wednesday morning and were crossing the Red River, possibly headed for many areas of North Texas. The rain arrives in front of a cool front that will pass through Tarrant County Wednesday and then maybe stall, giving area residents more chances of rain on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Tarrant County residents could see some isolated storms that may drop from a half-inch to an inch of rain.

“We’re not expecting the big deluges that we had last week,” said meteorologist Amanda Schroeder at the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. “But we could have some localized heavy rains because these storms will be moving slowly.”

Forecasters say there’s a 30 percent chance of rain on Wednesday and Thursday.

Showers and thunderstorms could develop anytime after the lunch hour on Wednesday, and afternoon storms might form on Thursday.

The mercury was at 82 degrees shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday in Fort Worth, with a high expected to be in the mid-90s. The low Wednesday night was expected to be in the low-70s. High temperatures for the next several days will be in the mid-90s.

On Independence Day, skies will be partly cloudy and dry with a high temperature of about 95 degrees.

Forecasters say the weekend will be dry and warm with no rain chances.

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