Strong Storms Possible In DFW Thursday

By Larry Mowry, CBS 11 News
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A woman crosses the street trying to steady her umbrella against the rain. (credit: Getty Images/Sam Yeh/AFP)

A woman crosses the street trying to steady her umbrella against the rain. (credit: Getty Images/Sam Yeh/AFP)

FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) - A strong upper level disturbance is now moving across Arizona on track to make it to North Texas tomorrow morning and afternoon.

This disturbance will push a dryline into western sections of North Texas by daybreak with showers and thunderstorms developing near that dryline.  An area of low pressure will also be situated near Wichita Falls by 5 a.m. Thursday.  Storms will likely develop near that low and along the dryline around daybreak.  This will be for extreme northwestern areas of North Texas.  Some of these storms could produce some large hail.

The dryline will advance toward DFW by mid to late morning and storms will likely develop around and over the metro area between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Some of these storms could be strong to even severe.  Although the severe threat may be tempered by time of the day and the extensive cloud cover that will be with us in the morning.  This will limit heating of the atmosphere to get big storms going.  However, hail will be the greatest threat from these storms from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

After 2 p.m, the storms will be moving into East Texas where they will have a much greater probability of being severe.  They will bring hail, high winds and a tornado threat from East Texas through Arkansas during the afternoon and evening.

Here in Dallas/Fort Worth in the afternoon winds will turn to the west and dry air will quickly overtake the area.  A Fire Weather Watch will go into effect tomorrow afternoon for areas west of Fort Worth as humidity drops and winds increase.  Temperatures will soar to near 80 degrees around 4 and 5 p.m. here in DFW on Thursday.

A cold front arrives Thursday evening and winds will be breezy out of the north.  Temperatures will drop quickly once the sun goes down on Thursday.  Temperatures will bottom out in the upper 30s Friday morning.  Then we will see some sunshine with temperatures in the mid 60s on Friday.

Warm weather quickly returns on Saturday and Sunday as high temperatures will be in the mid to upper 70s.  There will be the chance of more storms on Sunday as another dryline works its way into North Texas.

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