Beware of weather, TMS traffic later

04/07/2014 9:12 AM

04/07/2014 11:04 AM

Storms that dropped more than a half-inch of rain on Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Sunday moved out of the Metroplex and left lots of sunshine behind for the Monday morning commute.

But Dennis Cavanaugh, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Fort Worth, said there’s a 30 to 40 percent chance of thunderstorms returning late this afternoon and early evening. Combine that with the exodus from Texas Motor Speedway after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Duck Commander 500’s 3 p.m. finish, and you’ve got a recipe for traffic snarls.

Fort Worth police warned Monday commuters that traffic around TMS likely will flood onto Interstate 35W North, Texas 114, Farm Road 156, U.S. 287 and Texas 170 and slow things down.

Fort Worth police, the Department of Public Safety, the Texas Department of Transportation, police departments of Northlake and Roanoke, the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, and Northwest school district are working together to minimize traffic congestion, Fort Worth police spokesman Daniel Segura said in a news release.

Extra officers were assigned to assist with school bus access during pick-up and drop-off times on school bus routes, and no major delays are expected for Northwest schools, the news release said.

Fort Worth police urged residents to follow @fortworthpd on Twitter for traffic updates.

Today’s high temperature will be in the mid-60s, Cavanaugh said. The overnight low will be in the upper 40s.

Tuesday could be kind of windy, with gusts up to 25 mph from the northwest, Cavanaugh said.

After today’s possible showers, the next chance for precipitation looks like this weekend, Cavanaugh said.

“It should be dry Tuesday through Friday,” he said. “Temperatures will slowly increase. Tuesday’s high will be in the low 70s. Wednesday’s high will be several degrees warmer, in the upper 70s. Thursday we’ll see close to 80 degrees, with wind up to 20 mph out of the south. It will be more or less the same Friday.”

Saturday’s high in the upper 70s will drop to the mid 70s Sunday when the chance of showers and thunderstorms returns, Cavanaugh said.

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