Fort Worth

Rainy commute should turn into pleasant afternoon in North Texas

Early morning rain made for slow driving in downtown Fort Worth today.
Early morning rain made for slow driving in downtown Fort Worth today.

This morning’s rainfall, which made for poor visibility, fender-benders and slow going for many early commuters, is expected to taper off by about 11 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

About half an inch fell on the Dallas-Fort Worth area by 7:30 a.m., with another .10 expected before skies clear. Highs today should be in the low 70s, with overnight lows in the low 50s, said Matt Stalley, National Weather Service Fort Worth meteorologist.

Wind speeds from the north are expected to be 15 to 20 mph, increasing to 10 to 20 mph this afternoon.

At about 8 a.m., Fort Worth police were working 19 crashes on all sides of the city, most of which were classified as minor.

More serious crashes were in the 3600 block of Texas 360, Trinity Boulevard at Yaupon Way, 7000 block of John T. White Road, Trinity Boulevard at Bell Helicopter Road and on Interstate 35 northbound at Alliance Gateway.

Friday’s commute should be more bearable. Expect it to be sunny, with highs in the lower 70s and lows in the upper 40s. Saturday’s forecast calls for highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 50s.

The weather will start to warm up early next week with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s. Another cold front may come through after that, Stalley said.

Star-Telegram writer Susan McFarland contributed to this report.

Rafael Sears: 817-390-7657, @searsrafael