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Rain showers move off to the east, but more possible

Rain showers pushed through Tarrant County during the lunch hour Wednesday, but more rain was possible throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service.

The mass of showers that developed near Waco Wednesday morning headed north at about 10-15 mph. Light rain began falling around 10:30 a.m. in downtown Fort Worth, followed by heavier showers around noon.

Much of the rain had moved off to the northeast by mid-afternoon.

But Jesse Moore, meteorologist for the weather service, said conditions were right for scattered showers to pop up Wednesday evening in North Texas.

The rain showers Tuesday and Wednesday were the result of a western cold front and a storm system from the Rockies sliding into Texas where they connected with moist air from the Gulf of Mexico.

"We're going to continue to get some rain, off and on, through the next few hours," Moore said. "But the cold front moved through right before noon and looks like its going to move eastward."

The official rain total for Fort Worth as of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday was 1.49 inches.

If there is no more rain Wednesday, North Texas will have recorded 22.25 inches for the year, which is 5.22 inches below the normal rainfall as of Oct. 15 -- 27.47 inches.

The region will begin to dry out on Thursday under mostly cloudy skies and a high around 70, according to the weather service.

Friday and the rest of the weekend will be sunny with daytime highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Nighttime lows will be in the low-to-mid 50s, but Friday evening might dip into the high 40s, Moore said.

Rainfall was hit-and-miss on Tuesday over Tarrant County, but some areas were hit really hard, according to the weather service.

"It was just spotty," said Nick Hampshire, another weather service meteorologist. "The heavier showers were real scattered so, if you were lucky to get underneath that, you got an inch, and if not, maybe you just got a tenth."

Communities in northwest and northern Tarrant County were big winners. High totals for the 24-hour period that ended 7 a.m. Wednesday included: Blue Mound, 1.54 inches; Watauga, 1.40 inches; Meacham Airport, 1.04; and Keller, .9 inches.

Northern Johnson County and southern Tarrant County were on the lower scale. Included were: Crowley, .29 inches; Burleson, .35; and Arlington, .38.

But not every spot in northern Tarrant County did as well as others, Hampshire said. Euless recorded .14 and D/FW Airport had .18, he said.