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Sunny forecast for Fort Worth arts fest -- after Thursday

FORT WORTH -- The 23rd Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival is headed for an awesome run, with weekend sunshine and temperatures in the 70s on Friday and low 80s Saturday and Sunday.

But wait, doesn’t the popular downtown event actually begin Thursday?

It does indeed, and the forecast on that day calls for 60 percent chance for rain.

But take heart, forecasters said. If it does rain, it won’t be as severe as last week's damaging weather system that cut power to a quarter of a million people.

"Overall, the (weekend) weather should be benign except for one quick shot tomorrow night," said Eric Martello, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

The 60 percent chance for rain, he added, kicks in after sundown on Thursday when "a broken line of thunderstorms" arrives with a cold front.

"But unlike the system last week, this one will be pretty weak," Martello said. He added that it could produce "a half inch to an inch (of rain) at the most."

"It will be a good watering for the lawns," he said. "And then on Friday it will be well east of us."

Martello noted that the only bad thing about the weekend forecast is that it might be too breezy for some people’s tastes -- around 10-20 mph Saturday and about 15-26 mph on Sunday.