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(credit: KTVT/KTXA) Jeff Ray
Jeff joined CBS 11 and TXA 21 in December 2010. He came to North T...
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Temperatures reached into the upper 60′s Saturday before the heavy rain arrived late in the day. The rain is a blessing despite the damper it put on the St. Patrick Day celebrations. The heaviest amounts fell in the evening over Dallas and Collin Counties. Below you can see the rainfall totals that fell by 6pm, we’ll post updates later in the day. At DFW amounts totaled 1.29″, a record for this date. It surpasses the amount of all the rain that had fallen this year up today this point (.84″).  It had been the driest start to the a year in over a hundred years.

4CO Rainfall Totals manual

We had Flood Advisories for the metro area and counties north. Our Weather Watchers Network sent in many reports of 1″ plus rains:

WWN Test WWN Rain List

This was the first round of severe weather so far this year. We had reports of large hail across our southwest corner in Comanche, Hill and Bosque counties. These storms lingered late into the night well south of the metroplex. We also had our first Thunderstorm Warning of the year for the metro area; for Collin County in the evening. There were reports of wind damage in Plano.

AND NOW A WIND ADVISORY

Behind all the storms a cold front pushed in from the northwest. And behind this front we have very powerful winds from the north. A Wind Advisory is in effect all day (7am-7pm) with wind gusts getting up to 40 mph.

GOTHAM KTVT Street w OK

The winds come from a low pressure system moving off to our east as high pressure builds in out over west Texas. The pressure field between the two will keep the winds up all day.

RPM 12km Dewpoints Wide2

The cold winds will drop temperatures slowly all day. The warmest part of the day is the morning:

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By 4pm temperatures will be in the 40′s for many parts of north Texas. It’ll be cloudy with occasional light rain falling (don’t be surprised to see some light sleet even). The winds will make it feel even colder. Sounds like an indoor day watching basketball on CBS!

NTX Tom Highs Manual

As the winds die down and the skies clear the temperatures will drop. We are expecting freezing temperatures along I-20 and north by Monday morning. Lets hope this is the last freeze of the season:

NTX Overnight Lows

We’ll be warming back up quickly. By Tuesday it’ll be in the 80′s with strong south winds. A few more cold fronts come through next week but right now the only decent chance of rain with any of them looks to be on Saturday:

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Because of basketball we won’t have an early show on CBS11. I’ll see you right after our prime time line up:

-Jeff Ray

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