The DFW area should get a brief reprieve from severe storms before they return later this week.
About 300 were still without power from storm-related outages, said Khristen Jones, an Oncor. spokeswoman That was down from a peak of 90,000 late Saturday night.
But it may not be time to put away those flashlights and candles.
Some areas northeast of the DFW area could see storms on Tuesday but the main threat will be from Wednesday through Friday
And it could be a repeat of the severe storms most of North Texas saw over the weekend.
“I think Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we will need to pay attention to weather,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Ted Ryan. “Obviously, it is springtime and weather can impact us in a pretty significant way this time of year.”
The main threats are expected to be damaging winds and hail but Ryan said there could be tornado risk as well.
The Storm Prediction Center shows an enhanced risk of severe storms over parts of North Texas on Wednesday and a slight risk in other areas.
Ryan said those predictions are likely to change in the next two days. Because the storms systems will be coming off the Pacific Ocean and across Mexico, forecasters will have less information until the weather systems get closer.
“It’s not a pattern that’s easy to predict,” Ryan said. “These little ripples of energy are coming out of a region where we don't get a lot of weather data. There are no weather balloons over the Pacific and no balloons over Mexico.”
Last weekend’s storms left thousands without power over the weekend, uprooting trees and blowing a steeple off a church.
Monday is expected to be sunny with a high of 73 degrees, but the chance for thunderstorms is 30-50 percent Wednesday through Friday, said Ashton Altieri, a meteorologist with Star-Telegram media partner WFAA.
“We are really dealing with a messy weather pattern,” Altieri said.
Saturday night’s storm brought about half an inch of rain to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, while lightning, hail and even a brief tornado touched down elsewhere in North Texas.
The official recorded total rainfall in the Metroplex was 0.48 inch. The three-day rainfall total for DFW Airport since Friday was 1.01 inch, National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cavanaugh said.
He said a tornado near Oak Trail Shores north of Granbury “knocked down a bunch of trees” close to the Hood-Parker county line.
A 79-year-old man died in an Arlington apartment fire close to midnight Saturday after fire officials reported that many residents were using candles for lighting. His name had not been released Sunday evening.
The National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office received widespread reports of wind speeds of 60-65 mph between 7:15 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
“On an average spring day we hit 10-15 mph in the afternoon,” Cavanaugh said.
The storm brought the steeple crashing down at Fellowship United Methodist Church in Trophy Club, but the Sunday service still went on.
Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792