Some severe storms predicted for North Texas

A cold front has picked up speed and will arrive in North Texas earlier than expected on Friday, packing some severe storms and cooler temperatures.

On Thursday, forecasters believed the front would arrive late Friday, giving high school football fans and other outdoor players a break from the rain.

But storms could start arriving Friday earlier evening and overcast skies and drizzly conditions will spill over into Saturday morning.

“Some storms could have strong winds and hail along with the heavy rains and lightning strikes,” said meteorologist Steve Fano on Friday at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

Residents could see anywhere from a half inch of rain to more than an inch in some North Texas counties.

There’s a 100 percent chance of rain for Friday evening in Tarrant County and much of North Texas. It’ll be cloudy with a 50 percent chance of moisture on Saturday during the Texas-OU football game in Dallas.

“You may not see heavy rains Saturday morning, but it will be overcast and drizzling,” Fano said.

High temperatures for Saturday will be in the upper 60s, that’s compared with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 90s earlier this week in North Texas.

On Sunday morning, residents will wake up to temperatures in the mid-50s and daytime temperatures in the lower 80s.

North Texans will get a small break from the rain Sunday as forecasters are calling for a 20 percent chance of rain and partly sunny skies.

But a second cold front arrives Sunday night and rain chances increase to 80 percent late Sunday and early Monday.

“Most of the rain will fall during the night and the storms could be gone before people drive to work on Monday morning,” Fano said.

High temperatures on Monday will be in the lower 70s.

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