Tornado watch in effect across Dallas-Fort Worth until late Monday after temperature reaches 90 degrees
Updated at 6.43pm: Revised to reflect updated thunderstorm warnings.
After reaching the highest temperature of the year on Monday afternoon, Dallas-Fort Worth faced a series of thunderstorms in the area on Monday evening.
The temperature at DFW International Airport reached 90 degrees – 10 degrees above the daily high shortly before 3 p.m.
But on Monday evening, severe thunderstorms and a strong cold front came through northern Texas.
6:16 p.m. – A series of thunderstorms is heading east. Big hail, noxious winds, and tornadoes are possible throughout the evening. Make sure you stay weather aware and have multiple ways to get weather information. #dfwwx #ctxwx #txwx pic.twitter.com/an6V7iavQM
– NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) May 3, 2021
Shortly after 5:00 p.m., large thunderstorms began to develop on the western edge of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A severe thunderstorm warning, which includes Collin and Denton counties, is in effect until 7:30 p.m., while a Tarrant County thunderstorm warning is in effect until 7:45 pm
The storms could bring softball-sized hail, gusts of wind up to 80 miles per hour, and tornadoes.
The weather service issued a tornado clock for most of north Texas, including counties of Dallas, Collin, Denton, Rockwall, and Tarrant. The clock is in effect until 11pm on Monday.
Storm watchers said a tornado landed in Granbury just after 6 p.m.