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Hail? There’s slight chance this week but heavy rain, flooding is greater concern

Lightning and heavy rain roll through Fort Worth in storms

Severe storms are moving across North Texas but no baseball size hail has been reported. Numerous reports of hail have been reported Wednesday night, including hen-size in Sunset in Montague County.
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Severe storms are moving across North Texas but no baseball size hail has been reported. Numerous reports of hail have been reported Wednesday night, including hen-size in Sunset in Montague County.

There’s no doom and gloom about a major outbreak of large hail that fortunately failed to materialize last week.

Instead, forecasters are calling for multiple chances of rain this week.

Storms will start firing up to the northwest of Fort Worth on Monday with slight severe risk including Lubbock and Vernon.

About 100 miles northwest of Fort Worth, the National Weather Service has already issued a flood watch for Monday night that includes Wichita Falls, Vernon and Knox City as well as parts of central and southwestern Oklahoma, where heavy rain is predicted to fall.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the chance for thunderstorms begins on Tuesday with a 40 percent chance of rain during the day.

By Tuesday night rain chances increase to 80 percent and that jumps to 100 percent on Wednesday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Lamont Bain.

“It looks like we’ll see 1-2 inches of rain through the end of the week with the highest amounts west and southwest of the Metroplex, but there’s some uncertainty about that,” Bain said. “Where the front stalls — that’s where the heaviest rain will fall.”

On Tuesday, the Storm Prediction Center has the Dallas-Fort Worth area under a marginal risk for severe storms (1 on a scale of 5) and areas just south of the Metroplex under a slight risk for severe storms (2 on a scale of 5) where isolated large hail and damaging winds are possible.

That slight severe risk pushes further south into the Austin and San Antonio area on Wednesday.

Locally, the rain should end by Thursday, setting up another sunny weekend with highs in the 80s.

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