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New storms could develop this afternoon in DFW

FORT WORTH -- The Metroplex got a good sprinkling but no widespread damage early Wednesday as a storm system rolled through North Texas.

Forecasters later Wednesday morning were looking toward late afternoon when a new upper level system was expected to approach from the west

"What we'll have to watch is how much the atmosphere is able to recover -- how much can it heat back up," said Gary Woodall, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Storms could develop if the daytime temperature reheats the atmosphere as the upper level disturbance approaches, Woodall explained. Some of them could be severe, he said.

"With thunderstorms, what we see is warm muggy air near the ground and cold air in the upper atmosphere," he said. "And what we've seen today is an overturning of the atmosphere. So the question is, How much sun and heating will we get?"

Wednesday's high temperatures was expected to reach 78 degrees, the weather service said.

Thunderstorms arrived in the Tarrant County area early Wednesday, part of a larger system that stretched from near San Antonio in the south into Arkansas to the northeast.

The heaviest storms were to the east and south of the Metroplex at 8 a.m., according to radar images. DFW Airport recorded .15 inches of rain, Woodall said.

Numerous traffic accidents were reported Wednesday during the showers. Street flooding was reported in Kaufman County, east of Dallas, Woodall said.

Forecasters said there was a 70 percent chance of precipitation through Wednesday night and 50 percent chance Thursday morning.

"But it looks like it will be pretty nice late Thursday through the weekend and into the first part of next week," Woodall said. "It will be dry with a gradual warming trend. The highs will be near 90 Monday and Tuesday."

The next chance for rain might develop late next week, Woodall said.

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