August 29, 2014

More rain on its way today for Fort Worth area

But conditions should clear out for the start of Friday night football.

Thunderstorms dropped almost half an inch of rain at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport on Friday morning, and more storms were expected the rest of the day. Skies could be clear, however, for the start of high school football.

“We’ll probably get a break this evening,” said Matt Bishop, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. “There is a chance of some lingering showers this evening, so just check before you go.”

High school games are scheduled across North Texas tonight, and a full slate of college games on are tap for Saturday, including defending national champion Florida State taking on Oklahoma State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

ESPN’s GameDay crew will be broadcasting from Sundance Square Plaza throughout the day Friday. The big college preview show is Saturday morning, when a crowd of between 5,000 and 10,000 is expected.

The rain should have moved out by then; forecasts call for only a 20 percent chance of rain Saturday, with highs in the mid-90s.

More showers, however, were likely Friday afternoon.

“There’s a little more to come today,” Bishop said. “We could get a couple of rounds and some more this afternoon.”

The first line of thunderstorms moved into Tarrant County about 3 a.m. Friday and moved slowly across the region.

By 8 a.m. four-tenths of an inch had fallen at D/FW Airport, bringing the monthly total to about 4.3 inches. That’s 2.7 inches above normal for August but still about 8 inches below normal for the year.

“We’ve had some rain across a good portion of the region,” Bishop said.

The storms intensified and slowed as they moved east, dumping almost two inches of rain in the Terrell area and creating concerns for potential flooding.

The storm systems should keep afternoon high temperatures in the low 90s, and depending on cloud cover, could make for a downright pleasant night for watching football — or perhaps for catching some live music at the Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival, which begins at 6 p.m. at 2000 Forest Ridge Drive, across from Bedford City Hall.

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