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Storm alert: Some parts of North Texas could see up to 6 inches

Street Flooding In Cleburne

Cleburne's East Chambers Street was still partially flooded Saturday morning, although water was not near homes along the street. Star-Telegram video by Paul Moseley.
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Cleburne's East Chambers Street was still partially flooded Saturday morning, although water was not near homes along the street. Star-Telegram video by Paul Moseley.

This week, the greatest concern is going to be heavy rainfall across North and Central Texas.

A flash flood watch is in effect until Wednesday evening for parts of North Texas, including Tarrant and Dallas counties. Just to the west of DFW, a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 11 p.m. Tuesday that includes Parker, Hood and Wise counties.

Forecasters are predicting the Dallas-Fort Worth area could see 2-4 inches of rainfall through Thursday but some spots could up to 5-6 inches.

Right now, both North and Central Texas appear to be facing the heaviest rainfall but the forecast still could change.

“We’re a little uncertain as to where the front will stall,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Bianca Villanueva. “We’re thinking it will be down in the Lampasas area spreading from the southwest to the northeast but we’re not sure if the heaviest rain is going to go all the way toward the DFW area.”

The rain should start to pick up Tuesday night and continue throughout the day on Wednesday and linger into Thursday.

“There is a potential for an isolated strong to severe storm tonight and a lesser chance on Wednesday,” Villanueva said.

The Storm Prediction Center has DFW under a marginal risk for severe storms on Tuesday and Wednesday with Central Texas under a slight risk. But heavy rainfall is the focus this week.

“The rivers will respond,” Villanueva said. “There may be some flooding issues.”

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