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Welcome rain arrives in North Texas

A cold front packing thunderstorms moved into Tarrant County late Friday.

Rain and 40-mph winds arrived about 9:30 p.m. and were moving east, according to the National Weather Service. A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect until 4 a.m.

The temperature was expected to drop into the 60s.

It’s not often that “100 percent chance of rain” appears in a Texas weather service forecast, but that’s what it said for overnight. The chance of rain tapers off at midmorning Saturday.

Rain and hail were reported early Friday evening west of Tarrant County near Decatur and Abilene, according to the weather service.

North Texas could get from a half-inch to more than 1 inch in some areas, said Joe Harris, a weather service meteorologist.

“We need the rain, and we’re hoping for at least a solid half-inch across the region,” Harris said.

Saturday will be cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms during the Texas-Oklahoma football game in Dallas.

On Sunday, forecasters call for partly sunny skies and only a 20 percent chance of rain.

But a second cold front is expected to arrive Sunday night, and rain chances will increase to 80 percent late Sunday and early Monday.

“Most of the rain will fall during the night, and the storms could be gone before people drive to work on Monday morning,” meteorologist Steve Fano said.

Monday’s high temperature will be in the low 70s.