Thunderstorm chances ease in Dallas-Fort Worth

The possibility of heavy rain eased late Thursday afternoon in North Texas, but conditions remained intact for intermittent thunderstorms through Friday and into the weekend.

Forecasters had said North Texas could see heavy rain showers Thursday afternoon and early evening. Rain stretched from near San Antonio north to the Red River by midafternoon, but it remained west of Fort Worth.

At 4 p.m., National Weather Service radar showed a line of light, scattered showers slowly pulling northeast across the Metroplex. White Settlement got some rain, but it was still dry in downtown Fort Worth.

"There's a chance something might develop overnight, but it's hard to say," said Ted Ryan, a weather service meteorologist in Fort Worth. "There's not any big system moving in tonight."

But, he added, "I don't want to say that it will be dry tonight because we could get scattered showers as well. That's about the best we can do with this system."

An unstable atmosphere, an abundance of Gulf Coast moisture and an approaching cold front were conspiring Thursday for a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms in North Texas. That was upgraded to 50 percent late in the afternoon.

Also, a cap of dry air, which had kept a lid on the development of showers and thunderstorms much of the week, was eroding Thursday, said Dan Huckaby, another weather service meteorologist.

Huckaby also said rain showers will decrease late Thursday night, but possibly kick up again around daybreak Friday, which holds a 60 percent chance of rain.

Saturday and Sunday both hold a 40 percent chance of rain. Temperatures will range from 79 Friday to the low 80s the rest of the weekend, the weather service said.

Monday's forecast has only a 20 percent chance if rain under partly sunny skies and a high temperature around 85 degrees.

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