With the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival and other outdoor events scheduled
this weekend, forecasters are warning everyone to pay attention to the
There is a chance of severe
weather Sunday that could rival the three storms on April 3 that produced
three tornadoes in Collin, Hunt and Hopkins counties and softball-sized hail in
“I will say there is potential for hail, damaging winds and tornadoes,” said
Jesse Moore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
“We could be looking at something similar to what we saw on April 3.”
Storms are expected to form along a dryline west of Dallas-Fort Worth on Sunday and
then push through the area Sunday afternoon. The area with the highest chance
for tornadoes appears to be north of the DFW area along the Red River and into
Oklahoma — but that could change between now and Sunday.
Storms could also form ahead of the dryline Sunday morning.
“There’s a chance those storms Sunday morning could also produce hail,” Moore
Moore is urging North Texas residents to pay attention to the weather
forecasts on Saturday night and Sunday morning before heading outdoors on
Even if the tornadoes stay north of the DFW area, Moore said you could still
see damage from wind and hail. During the April 3 storms, which caused an
estimated $300 million in damage, wind gusts were reported as high as 82 mph at
Denton Municipal Airport.
“Keep up with the weather. There is that potential for severe weather, and
remember you also have risks for lightning and strong winds,” Moore said. “If
you just have straight-line winds, it can still do damage.”
Will the storms help ease the drought? That remains to be seen.
Some areas may pick up as much as an inch of rain but the storms will be more
scattered west of the DFW area.
“I think east of the I-35 corridor, there will be pretty good coverage but to
the west it will be more scattered,” Moore said.
Before the storms arrive on Sunday, it will be warm and windy on Saturday
with a high in the mid-80s. Once the storms pass on Sunday, a cold front will
blow through the area dropping low temperatures into the upper 40s on Monday
morning. Highs will be in the low 60s on Monday morning.
The Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival, which began Thursday, continues
through Sunday in downtown Fort Worth.Bill Hanna