Tuesday should be another beautiful spring day before North Texas catches another round of thunderstorms Wednesday.
Monday, the 16th anniversary of a tornado that struck downtown Fort Worth, saw a high temperature of 69 degrees with mostly sunny skies, and Tuesday’s forecast calls for a high of 74.
But late Tuesday, a new storm system is expected to blow through the area, bringing chances for thunderstorms and severe weather until early Thursday morning, according to Steve Fano, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
The highest threat for the most severe weather is Wednesday afternoon into the evening, as a dry line moves into North Texas from the west. Storms could carry damaging winds, large hail and possibly an isolated tornado threat, Fano said.
Winds should be at 20 to 30 mph Wednesday but could reach up to 60 mph if a severe thunderstorm hits. The storm system should be on its way out of North Texas by Thursday afternoon.
Already this year North Texas has been pounded by hail, including a storm March 17 that did an estimated $600 million in damage to vehicles and roofs. Last week another, series of severe thunderstorms came through, with an EF-0 tornado touching down in Haslet and windsheild-busting hail falling in Denton and Collin counties.
On March 28, 2000, a tornado struck downtown Fort Worth, plowing into the Bank One tower, leaving two people dead and a 3.5-mile path of wreckage from the edge of River Oaks to Sundance Square. Minutes later, another twister rampaged through south Arlington and Grand Prairie. All told, the two EF-3 tornadoes claimed five lives and caused $450 million in destruction across the county.
Staff writer Bill Hanna contributed this report, which contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.
Azia Branson; 817-390-7547, @aziabranson