Storms packing hail fired up during the afternoon as a dryline moved across North Texas with numerous severe thunderstorm warnings issued.
The National Weather Service had issued a tornado watch until 10 p.m. for much of North Texas, including Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Parker, Wise and Hood counties and points eastward. But the watch was canceled around 7:45 p.m. for the North Texas area, according to Patricia Sanchez, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
The storms were capable of producing 65 mph winds and ping pong-sized hail. Weather service meteorologists recorded some marble to quarter-size hail in areas around Eagle Mountain Lake, Crowley and Mansfield but nothing any larger, Sanchez said.
There was some hail of the 2-inch variety reported in Hill County, Sanchez said.
"The Tarrant County area should be free of any hazardous weather conditions throughout the weekend," Sanchez said.
Severe thunderstorm warnings stretched from Somervell County near Glen Rose all the way to Grayson County near the Red River.
The National Weather Service first thought the storms might fire up east of Fort Worth.
"Initially, we thought the cap was going to be through here by early afternoon and the storms would be off to the east," Sanchez said. "That hasn't happened, and with our latest sounding, it looks like the cap is weakening, which can allow strong to severe thunderstorms to develop quickly."
A dryline is the boundary between warm moist air flowing up from the Gulf of Mexico and dry air from the west.
After the dryline passes, strong winds and low humidity could cause a wildfire threat west of Fort Worth near Possum Kingdom Lake, Breckenridge and Abilene.
A red flag warning is in effect until 10 p.m. for Montague, Young, Jack, Palo Pinto, Eastland, Erath and Comanche counties.
"Many of those areas have only seen an inch of rain or less since February and saw a freeze last weekend that interrupted spring growth," said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Huckaby.
Once the storm system passes, it will be much cooler on Saturday with highs in the low 60s. On Sunday morning, low temperatures will drop into the upper 30s with the potential for frost and freezes northwest of Fort Worth.