Christmas season in North Texas is expected to include severe weather by the weekend, as the forecast calls for a chance of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and possibly tornadoes.
A cold front arrives Saturday, bringing greater chances for rain.
“We will be influenced from that strong upper level storm system,” said meteorologist Tom Bradshaw at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth on Wednesday. “There’s a chance a few of the thunderstorms will include rotations in them.”
The main threat for severe storms will be east of Interstate 35, but Tarrant County should see showers and thunderstorms.
Forecasters are calling for a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday, and a 60 percent chance Saturday night. Temperatures will still be in the 70s on Saturday.
Tarrant County could see about an inch of rain this weekend, while areas east of Fort Worth-Dallas may get two to three inches.
The rain is not likely to be widespread, said WFAA-TV meteorologist Colleen Coyle.
“There’s a slight risk for some severe storms and you might see some damaging winds and hail,” she said.
The storms and showers could spill over into early Sunday. There’s a 30 percent of rain then, but the storms should clear out by Sunday afternoon. Daytime temperatures will be cooler on Sunday, with highs in the upper 50s.
Until then, North Texans should enjoy mostly sunny days and unseasonably warm temperatures. Daytime highs will be in the mid to upper 70s and residents should wake up to mornings in the upper 40s.
Forecasters are calling for near record highs on Friday, when Tarrant County and many areas will see temperatures at 78 or 79 degrees.
The record high for Dec. 11 is 80 degrees, reached in 1938 and again in 1996, according to the NWS.