Severe storms, hail expected in Fort Worth, TX on Friday
Storms are expected to enter the Dallas-Fort Worth area by early Friday afternoon, with the potential for severe weather such as heavy rain, strong winds, and hail the size of ping pong balls.
There is also a risk of tornadoes, especially anywhere south of Interstate 20 and east of Interstate 35W, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. You could be a possibility anywhere in North Texas.
The area, including counties of Tarrant and Dallas, is on a strict thunderstorm watch until 8:00 p.m.
According to Patrcia Sanchez, a weather service meteorologist, the storm systems should develop southwest of DFW in the mid to late morning and travel north, arriving at the Metroplex in the early afternoon and continuing into the evening. The heaviest weather should occur within this period, said Sanchez, which would include the great hail and noxious winds. The forecast indicates that there could be gusts of up to 40 km / h.
There will likely be heavy rains as well, with the heaviest rains coming east of DFW, Sanchez said. Still, she said, ponds and flooding could occur in urban areas like Fort Worth.
And Sanchez said tornadoes “cannot be ruled out.”
“If you have afternoon plans, check the weather regularly,” Sanchez said. “And then you have several options for receiving warnings. If you break up the phone might not be the only way, and if you lose cellular service, you might not have any other way to get the alerts. “
She said conditions for storms were right on Friday, with a warm front over the area before a cold front hit the region late at night.
The probability of showers and storms will drop to 30 percent by Friday evening and, according to the weather forecast, will probably be over by 9 p.m. It is expected that between a half and three quarters of an inch of rain could fall during the day.
Friday’s high is forecast to hit 72 before dropping to 56 that night.
A dangerous weather outlook from the weather service notes states that storms may return late Tuesday through early Thursday.
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