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.
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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