A wind advisory prompted organizers to cancel the final day of downtown’s Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival on Sunday morning, and forecasters warned residents to keep an eye peeled for severe weather into the evening.
“We have made the decision to close the festival one day early on Sunday, April 13, after the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory in effect from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.,” read an advisory on the festival’s website. “South winds of 25-30 miles per hour are expected with gusts in excess of 35 miles per hour. Thank you, and we are looking forward to April 16 - 19, 2015!”
A chance of thunderstorms was in the forecast for all of North Texas through Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. The biggest threat was expected to be large hail and damaging winds, but forecasters said the potential exists for “a few” tornadoes. The wind advisory was scheduled to expire at sunset.
A cold front is expected to sweep through in the evening, meteorologist Joe Harris said Saturday.
“Any severe thunderstorms can be a large hail producer, and strong wind is possible,” Harris said. “It’s possible thunderstorms could produce tornadoes north of the Metroplex.”
At 3 p.m., the official temperature was 71 degrees, with winds gusting to 31 mph.
Festival Director Jay Downie said Saturday that organizers would be in touch with the weather service and would watch developments and respond accordingly.
“The first priority is the safety of our guests,” he said.
Artist Larry Fielder, who is showing his wood pieces through the weekend, said he is prepared for anything that might happen.
“When you do a show like this, you sign on for whatever happens. You don’t just sign out and leave early,” he said. “You prepare yourself ahead of time for the worst that would happen.”
Vendor tents are all covered with larger tents made of sturdy material able to withstand certain levels of rain.
“There’s always an unknown, and you have to deal with it as necessary,” Fielder said.