DFW area could see severe weather Sunday

With the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival and other outdoor events scheduled this weekend, forecasters are warning everyone to pay attention to the skies.

There is a chance of severe weather Sunday that could rival three April 3 storms that produced three tornadoes in Collin, Hunt and Hopkins counties and softball-size hail in Denton.

“I will say there is potential for hail, damaging winds and tornadoes,” said Jesse Moore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Storms are expected to form along a dry line west of Dallas-Fort Worth and push through the area Sunday afternoon. The region with the highest chance for tornadoes appears to be north of the DFW area along the Red River and into Oklahoma — but that could change.

Storms could also form ahead of the dry line Sunday morning.

“There’s a chance those storms Sunday morning could also produce hail,” Moore said.

Moore is urging North Texas residents to pay attention to the weather forecasts before heading outdoors on Sunday.

Even if the tornadoes stay north of the DFW area, Moore said, residents could still see damage from wind and hail. During the April 3 storms, which caused an estimated $300 million in damage, wind gusts were reported as high as 82 mph at Denton Municipal Airport.

“Keep up with the weather. There is that potential for severe weather, and remember you also have risks for lightning and strong winds,” Moore said. “If you just have straight-line winds, it can still do damage.”

Will the storms help ease the drought? That remains to be seen.

Some areas may pick up as much as an inch of rain, but the storms will be more scattered west of the DFW area.

“I think east of the I-35 corridor, there will be pretty good coverage, but to the west it will be more scattered,” Moore said.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, the official temperature was 80 degrees, with south winds gusting to 25 mph.

Once the storms pass, a cold front will drops temperatures into the upper 40s on Monday morning. Temperatures will rise into into the low 60s before falling into the 30s Monday night. Some areas of frost are expected.

The Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival, which began Thursday, continues through Sunday in downtown Fort Worth.

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