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Cold front brings cooler temps, storms to DFW

The summer's wrath is absent the early part of this week, thanks to a northern cold front camped just south of the Metroplex that's sparking scattered thunderstorms and showers across North Texas.

Tuesday's high temperatures were expected to stay in the low 80s, said Jesse Moore, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

The mercury is expected to reach the mid-80s Wednesday and the low 90s Thursday, as the front begins to dissolve.

But until then, scattered showers and a few thunderstorms were in the forecast along the front's line, which on Tuesday stretched east to west from Tyler, to Hillsboro to San Angelo, Moore said.

There was a 60 percent chance of rain in the forecast for Tuesday, dropping to 20-30 percent through Thursday, the weather service said.

The storms could produce lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds, according to the weather service.

The weather system had already provided a lot of scattered showers for a couple areas and not so much for others, Moore said.

DFW Airport recorded just 0.07 inches since Monday, but Graham Lake near Graham in Young County got nearly 2 inches, Moore said.

Meanwhile, Moore and his colleagues in North Texas were watching computer models intended to help guess the track of Hurricane Ike.

Weather service officials speculated Tuesday morning that the powerful storm could hit the Texas coast Friday evening south of Corpus Christi, Moore said.

Ike on Tuesday was projected to be a Category 3 storm by week's end, with wind speeds reaching 115 mph, Moore said.

"It will probably be far enough south that it will give us no major effects, (but) some chances for rain," Moore said. "The real threat is south Texas, with maybe 5-8 inches of rain."

From there it could move west-northwest across South Texas and northern Mexico, Moore said.

One computer model has remnants of Ike moving north along the Interstate 35 corridor, although it was too early on Tuesday to speculate on that possibility, Moore said.