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More flooding, storms in DFW weekend forecast

Rain runoff created large puddles in the Westcliff neighborhood of Fort Worth on Wednesday. More rain is expected Saturday and Sunday.
Rain runoff created large puddles in the Westcliff neighborhood of Fort Worth on Wednesday. More rain is expected Saturday and Sunday. Star-Telegram

The brief break from the rain isn’t going to last.

It looks like another good soaking is on the way Saturday night and possibly early Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday for almost all of North Texas, where most lakes are filled and the ground is saturated.

“We could see large hail, damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and numerous lightning strikes,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jennifer Dunn. “And of course there is the risk of flash floods pretty much everywhere.”

The Storm Prediction Center has said there is a slight risk for severe weather across the DFW area with an enhanced risk for Wichita Falls and areas along the Red River.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday amended an earlier disaster declaration to add six counties, including Wise and Hood, because of damage caused by the severe weather that began on May 4. The previous disaster declaration for seven counties included Denton, Montague and Van Zandt, where two people were killed when a tornado touched down in Van on Sunday. The declaration authorizes further mobilization of state resources to assist communities affected by the storms.

There was good news and bad news from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Friday: Lakes at many state parks are filling up, but parts of some parks are inaccessible because of flooding. For example, at Dinosaur Valley State Park, hike-in sites are closed and the dinosaur tracks are not visible. And at Lake Ray Roberts, the water level is 71/2 feet about normal and most park facilities are closed.

However, at Possum Kingdom State Park, lake levels are 5 feet below the “conservation pool” and rising. The public boat ramp, fishing pier and swim beach are accessible and open.

Most of North Texas is expected to get 1-2 inches of rain this weekend with some areas receiving up to 3 inches.

Dunn said most of the severe weather should occur between Saturday night and early Sunday. But forecasters will be watching to see if any storms linger in the area, which could produce higher amounts of rainfall.

Any significant rain would put us past last year’s total. At Dallas/Fort worth Airport, 19.28 inches of rain has fallen this year, which is 5.69 inches above normal and just 2.04 inches behind all of last year.

Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698

Twitter: @fwhanna

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