Dallas-Fort Worth preps for waterlogged week of storms; tornado warning canceled in Richardson
UPDATED at 2:10 p.m.: Updated with tornado warning canceled in Dallas County.
Starting with heavy showers throughout Sunday, North Texans can expect rain for the next week, possibly longer.
According to the National Weather Service, the coming week could cause storms and flash floods in large parts of the region. The service issued a flash flood watch for all of Dallas-Fort Worth through Wednesday morning with 4 to 6 inches of rain expected. In some places there can be up to 20 cm of precipitation.
“In the next few days, several showers and thunderstorms are expected in the entire region, which can lead to road flooding,” tweeted the weather reporter from KXAS-TV (NBC5), Keisha Burns.
Heavy rain and some lightning are the main threats, the National Weather Service said. Floods are the greatest risk, with a greater likelihood of thunderstorms on Tuesday.
According to the weather service, flooding is most likely in urban, low-lying areas and areas with poor drainage. Streams, creeks, and rivers could rise quickly.
On Sunday lunchtime, rescue workers conducted water rescues for people stranded on flooded roads near Dallas Love Field. Flooding continued on many streets and parks in Dallas as the first round of storms struck the area.
A tornado warning was briefly issued on Sunday afternoon in northern Dallas County, including Richardson. The National Weather Service said small hail and a radar-indicated tornado could be in the area. The weather service said the tornado might be wrapped in rain and not visible, and lifted the warning just before 2:30 p.m.
Flash floods are underway in some areas of the DFW. This is a water rescue near Dallas Love Field. Important message for the whole week: do not drive through heavily flooded roads! (Photo: Jerry Peppers) pic.twitter.com/M8NRFKX6wq
– DFW-Scanner (@DFWscanner) May 16, 2021
The high temperatures this week are expected to be in the high 70s and low 80s and a little lower than normal. Low temperatures should be in the high 60s.
Every day of this week until Friday there were several rounds of thunderstorm and rain. There could be a few thunderstorms this coming weekend before the sky clears up at the beginning of next week.