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Don’t let your guard down: Severe storms are coming and will likely have large hail

Video shows hail in northeast Tarrant County

Storms packing hail the size of tennis balls in some neighborhoods pounded North Texas during the evening of March 24, 2019, smashing out windows to dozens of vehicles and damaging homes.
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Storms packing hail the size of tennis balls in some neighborhoods pounded North Texas during the evening of March 24, 2019, smashing out windows to dozens of vehicles and damaging homes.

The post rush-hour thunderstorms may have fizzled for the Dallas-Fort Worth area but that’s no reason to relax.

A line of strong thunderstorms, including some that will likely be severe, is still scheduled to rumble through the DFW.

“We’re going to get some stuff,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Fano. “It will come through the area some time between 9 p.m. and midnight.”

The delayed arrival doesn’t mean threat of hail, damaging winds and an isolated tornado has diminished.

“They’re going now,” Fano said. “We’re seeing golf-ball size hail off to the northwest in Jack and Montague counties and we anticipate seeing some larger than that.’

A later report included hen egg size hail southwest of Sunset in Montague County.

A severe thunderstorm watch is effect until 2 a.m. for Tarrant and the following North Texas Counties:

Tarrant, Palo Pinto, Lampasas, Hood, Grayson, Ellis, Dallas, Comanche, Somervell, Montague, Johnson, Hill, Fannin, Eastland, Coryell, Collin, Wise, Parker, Mills, Jack, Hamilton, Erath, Denton, Cook and Bosque.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued both northwest and southwest of Fort Worth near Brownwood with hail being the most serious concern.

The storms got a late start as the cap of warm air that suppressed thunderstorms held longer than expected and the dryline stayed further west than predicted.

The main severe threat will arrive when the main line of thunderstorms moves through the area but Fano said showers could come in front or behind of that line.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed North and Central Texas under an enhanced risk for severe storms (3 on a scale of 5).

“Scattered to numerous severe storms are expected from the Texas Panhandle to the Mid-Mississippi Valley from late afternoon through tonight, and from south-central to northeast Texas, mainly this evening into tonight,” the Storm Prediction Center said. “Very large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes are possible.”

With the uncertainty in the forecast, Villanueva said, drivers need to have a plan about where to take cover if they are out of their homes Wednesday evening. Better yet, Villanueva said everyone should just stay home.

“Put off your plans until tomorrow night,” Villanueva said.

The storms also led to the cancellation of classes at local universities, after-school activities, city meetings and more than 100 flights. A list of cancellations can be found here.

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