Election Day rain lasts all day, should continue Wednesday

When it rained, it gently poured, and a parched landscape soaked it up.

A cold front arrived Tuesday morning, and by late that night, up to 2 inches of steady rain had fallen across North Texas.

Voters struggled with wet umbrellas at polling places. Some flights were canceled at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, and power was knocked out to hundreds in Tarrant, Denton and Dallas counties.

About 1:30 p.m., a semi pulling a Target trailer fell over an overpass railing on northbound Interstate 35W at Pharr Street, Fort Worth fire Battalion Chief Richard Harrison said. Authorities had not determined Tuesday evening whether the wreck was rain-related. But first responders had to contend with rain.

Harrison said the driver was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The wreck just east of downtown Fort Worth slowed traffic on the already famously slow interstate all afternoon. Harrison said the right northbound lane would remain closed until the bridge was repaired.

Fort Worth police declined to provide information about the wreck or its consequences for motorists.

The day’s high of 70 arrived at 2:52 a.m. The temperature kept dropping all day, and by 8 p.m., it was 54 with light rain still falling. An overnight low of 49 was forecast, according to the National Weather Service website.

Light rain and drizzle are expected to continue into the Wednesday morning commute, said Steve Fano, a meteorologist with the weather service in Fort Worth.

“By midday, things should be drying out,” he said.

The storms knocked out power during the day to 9,398 Oncor customers in Denton, Tarrant and Dallas counties, according to Oncor’s website.

As of 8:45 p.m., Oncor had about 1,500 outages.

The Arlington Fire Department responded to a “few minor accidents” throughout the city, said Lt. Lee Tovar, a spokesman.

DFWTower.com reported that 155 departures and arrivals were canceled at DFW Airport on Tuesday morning because of the showers and storms.

Gainesville reported 1.59 inches of rain Tuesday night, and Montague County had 1.50, Fano said. Some places north of Bowie saw closer to 2 inches.

“There was a few claps of thunder, but it was very isolated to the morning when the cold front came through,” he said. “Pretty much everyone received rain.”

High temperatures Wednesday will be in the lower 60s. Daytime temperatures for the rest of the week will be in the upper 60s to lower 70s, with morning temperatures in the high 40s.

After Wednesday, it’s back to dry for the rest of the week and the weekend in Tarrant County.

Related stories from Fort Worth Star Telegram