01 Mar Storms will close out soggy February with threat of heavy rain, strong wind and hail
Dallas-Fort Worth’s wet winter will continue Wednesday evening as a line of thunderstorms — some of which may be severe — rolls in.
The storm are expected to reach the western portions of the region around 8 p.m., KXAS-TV (NBC5) meteorologist Rick Mitchell said. By 10 p.m., strong storms will stretch across Tarrant and Dallas counties and to the northeast.
Large hail, heavy rain and strong winds are the main threats Wednesday night, Mitchell said, adding that tornadoes are possibly but not likely.
3:42 PM Wednesday…..A Flood Watch is in effect until 6 am Thursday for much of N TX including the DFW area. Be aware that heavy rain is possible and flooding may occur in flood prone areas. #dfwwx #nbcdfwweather pic.twitter.com/CWw6wLFtbi
— Rick Mitchell (@RickMitchellWX) February 28, 2018
North Texas saw scattered showers throughout the day Wednesday.
According to the National Weather Service, an inch to an inch and a half of precipitation could cause flooding in areas where the ground remains saturated from previous rains. Most of North Texas is under a flood watch until 6 a.m. Thursday.
Temperatures will cool to about 50 degrees overnight as the storms move east across the region.
Thursday is expected to be cooler and dry, with the high temperature in the low to mid-60s with a brisk, north wind, Mitchell said. In a bit of good news, the persistently cloudy skies should clear up by the afternoon.
This winter has been one of the wettest in Dallas-Fort Worth’s history, with DFW International Airport recording 12.39 inches of rain as of 4 p.m. Wednesday — the seventh-highest total. More than half of that — 6.98 inches — has fallen this month, making it the second-wettest February on record.
A normal Dallas-area winter has 7.34 inches of rain, with 2.66 inches in February, according to the National Weather Service.
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