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'Several rounds of rain' ahead for Dallas-Fort Worth

North Texans venturing outdoors will need to break out their rain gear and coats for the next couple of days.

Light rain and showers had begun falling in Dallas-Fort Worth Thursday morning and more rain was predicted for the next several days in the area.

It's all part of a line of storms stretching from Texas and Oklahoma northeast to Vermont.

A cold front moved into the Dallas-Fort Worth area about noon, dropping the temperature recorded at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport from 72 degrees at 11 a.m. to 48 at 1 p.m., with a wind chill of 39. Winds shifted from southerly, around 10 to 15 mph, to northerly at 30 mph gusting to around 40 mph.

Just under one-tenth of an inch off rain had fallen at the airport as of 1 p.m.

"We're going to have several rounds of rain," said meteorologist Nick Hampshire of the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

Forecasters say there is a 90 percent of rain Thursday, and rain chances remain high on Friday and Saturday.

There's also a chance of isolated severe storms Thursday afternoon and evening, Hampshire said.

"The biggest threat could be hail the size of a quarters in some areas," Hampshire said.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area could see rainfall totals of two to three inches while other areas of North Texas could get up to five inches of rain by the time Sunday arrives.

Because of the thunderstorms Thursday, the FAA limited the number of arrivals to DFW Airport. Air travelers should check with the airport for flight arrivals and departures.

North Texans should expect to wake up Friday morning to temperatures in the lower 40s and the temperature may not reach 50 for a high.

Forecasters say those same temperatures will be around Saturday along with the rain.

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