Autumn is coming back to North Texas this weekend, and residents had better grab the umbrellas.
Forecasters say unseasonably warm temperatures will be around Thursday and Friday under partly sunny skies. Daytime temperatures will be in the low 90s on both days, but a cold front that is expected to arrive late Friday night or high school football night will change all that.
“Most football games will get in before the rains come,” said meteorologist Steve Fano on Thursday at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. “And we’re expecting to see anywhere from a half inch to more.”
There’s an 80 percent chance of rain late Friday into early Saturday with the potential for heavy rains and lightning strikes in North Texas.
“These rains will be different from last week in that they will linger,” Fano said. “We’re not going to see a line of thunderstorms and then it’s over.”
Last week, a line of thunderstorms pounded North Texas, dumping heavy rains and packing winds of more than 80 mph. Oncor reported that more than 250,000 customers lost power.
The storms on Friday night and early Saturday are not expected to be as severe, Fano said.
For Texas-OU football fans and State Fair of Texas enthusiasts on Saturday, rain and drizzle will be around in the morning. Forecasters say there’s a 40 percent chance on Saturday morning and rain chances diminish by Saturday afternoon.
And residents should feel fall temperatures on Saturday because the daytime temperature should be 72 degrees, and it’ll be in the lower 80s on Sunday.
For any outdoor activities, residents should have several hours of partly sunny skies on Sunday and no rain, but that will only last a few hours because another cold front arrives Sunday evening.
There’s a 50 percent chance of rain on Monday and some storms could be severe.