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Sunny skies expected for Rangers Opening Day after storms Sunday

Texas Rangers players and fans last season.
Texas Rangers players and fans last season. rrodriguez@star-telegram.com

Clear skies and temperatures in the 70s are expected for the Texas Rangers’ Opening Day game Monday evening at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Highs on Monday will reach the upper 70s with gentle winds blowing out of the west at 5 to 10 mph, said Bianca Villanueva, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Fort Worth. The Rangers face the Cleveland Indians at 6:05 p.m.

A Sunday-morning round of storms brought 2.11 inches of rain to the DFW area, wind gusts up to 36 mph and reports of nickel- to quarter-size hail. Counties to the southeast had reports of golf-ball-size hail, wind damage was reported near Salado and Temple, and flooding closed Interstate 35 in Waxahachie, Villanueva said.

A flash-flood watch scheduled to end at 7 p.m. Sunday was cancelled shortly after 2 p.m., the weather service said.

As the system trekked across the state, it was expected to bring a second round of smaller storms after 6 p.m., with rain continuing overnight.

“We could see some thunderstorms, scattered, but shouldn’t be as severe as what we saw in the earlier hours,” Villanueva said.

Lightning hit three Grand Prairie homes Sunday, igniting fires, but no injuries were reported.

Tornado warnings and watches were in effect for counties just south of Fort Worth and several counties near Houston and San Antonio on Sunday morning.

The storm system rumbled through Texas toward the lower Mississippi Valley and caused deaths in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Last month, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport recorded 1.06 inches of rain, which was 2.43 inches below normal for the area, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. The wettest March was in 2002 when storms dropped 7.39 inches of rain.

Temperatures reached 71 degrees Sunday.

Slight rain chances return Tuesday night, but then it’s dry the rest of the week.

Daytime temperatures for the week should be in the 70s.

North Texans will wake up to some chilly temperatures Thursday and Friday. Morning temperatures are predicted to be in the upper 40s.

Staff writer Susan McFarland contributed to this report, which contains information from the Associated Press.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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