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More rain headed to Fort Worth; flowers smile

A relatively warm, rainy week after the last blast of winter was all it took for fruit trees like this peach in Blue Mound to start budding for spring. More rain is scheduled for this week.
A relatively warm, rainy week after the last blast of winter was all it took for fruit trees like this peach in Blue Mound to start budding for spring. More rain is scheduled for this week. Star-Telegram

Monday’s sunny, spring-like weather is expected to turn gray and wet on Tuesday.

Rain is expected to return with the best chances for the Dallas-Fort Worth area between Tuesday night and Wednesday.

DFW could pick up anywhere from a half-inch to an inch of rain and some other areas west of Fort Worth could pick up 1-2 inches, said Lamont Bain, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

“Rain chances will probably go up in the Metroplex sometime in the afternoon on Tuesday,” Bain said. “Certainly by tomorrow evening, we expect to see widespread rainfall.”

Some thunderstorms could be embedded, but forecasters aren’t predicting any severe weather.

The rainfall chances stick around on Wednesday and Wednesday night.

After a break during the day on Thursday, a second round of rain is predicted on Thursday night and Friday.

“The entire week has decent rain chances,” Bain said.

For now, forecasters aren’t expecting flash flooding because the heaviest amounts aren’t expected to fall southeast of Dallas which was drenched last week. Runoff from last week’s rains has now filled Cedar Creek Lake, southeast of Dallas, which supplies water to the Tarrant Regional Water District.

Tuesday’s heaviest rainfall is projected to fall west of Fort Worth, where it is needed the most.

While the rainfall has been steady at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport — 8.56 inches since Jan. 1, 2.07 above normal — Parker, Palo Pinto, Young and Stephens counties remain in exceptional drought, according to last week’s drought monitor.

Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698

Twitter: @fwhanna

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