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Get ready! Strong thunderstorms forecast for North Texas later in the week

The threat of strong thunderstorms will return to North Texas on Thursday, but forecasters say no tornadoes are expected.

North Texans could see small hail and gusty winds in some storms as a cold front arrives Thursday afternoon with plenty of rain. Cooler air and gusty north winds can be expected behind the front.

“We are expecting some strong storms,” said Sarah Barnes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, in a Tuesday telephone interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Before the cold front gets here, daytime temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday should be in the 70s and 60s with a sunny sky.

The cold front will arrive with lots of rain on Thursday and Friday morning.

Forecasters are expecting rainfall totals to reach 2 inches in some North Texas neighborhoods.

“A large area of North Texas will receive rain,” Barnes said. “It’s unclear at this time how long the rain will last, if it will go into Saturday or all weekend.”

There are no tornadoes in the forecast like the ones that hit North Texas on Sunday. Two tornadoes were confirmed in Dallas County with one rated an EF-3, which had estimated peak wind speeds of 140 mph in north Dallas. A second one was rated EF-1 in the Rowlett area.

An EF-0 tornado was confirmed in Van Zandt County, while officials with the NWS in Fort Worth confirmed on Tuesday that an EF-1 tornado hit Rockwall on Sunday.

Also on Tuesday, a National Weather Service survey team determined two brief tornadoes occurred in Ellis County on Sunday evening. One near Midlothian was rated EF-1 with 100 mph winds. The other tornado was in Ferris, rated EF-0 with winds up to 85 mph.

Survey teams also confirmed an EF-2 tornado on the southwestern side of Garland, with estimated maximum winds of 135 mph.

Two additional brief tornadoes were confirmed in Kaufman County, bringing the total to nine tornadoes Sunday in North Texas.

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