Weather Threats Wane in Dallas County


Thunderstorm and lightning | Image by Menno van der Haven

8 p.m.

The Tornado Watch expired for much of the Dallas-Fort Worth area at 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service Fort Worth.

However, some areas, including Canton, Corsicana, Mexia, and Palestine, have a Tornado Watch until 1 a.m.

A Tornado Warning was issued for Henderson, Kaufman and Navarro counties, which include Gun Barrel City, Mabank, and Tool until 7:45 p.m., the NWS Fort Worth tweeted at 7:17 p.m.

A subsequent tweet from NWS Fort Worth said a Tornado Warning including the areas of Athens, Gun Barrel City, and Tool were in effect until 8:30 p.m.

A Tornado Warning was also issued for the areas of Grand Saline and Fruitvale shortly afterward.

NBC DFW reported a funnel cloud north of downtown Fort Worth moving east earlier Thursday with no reports of damage. The TV station did report some storm damage in Garland.

A Flash Flood Warning was in effect for Dallas and Tarrant counties until 8 p.m.

A Wind Advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Friday with winds expected to reach between 20 and 30 mph.

The DFW Airport hasn’t updated its Twitter, which still warns about flight cancellations and delays. FlightAware is showing 128 cancellations and 369 delays. Love Field shows 35 cancellations and 66 delays.

ONCOR is reporting 349 active outages affecting more than 8,000 customers.

7 p.m.

The Severe Thunderstorm Warning was canceled just before it was set to expire at 6:45 for Dallas and much of the surrounding area, according to the National Weather Service Fort Worth.

A Flash Flood Warning is still in effect for Northwestern Dallas and Central Tarrant County until 8:45 p.m.

Flooding has been reported by NBC DFW near Love Field.

Tennis ball-sized hail has also been reported across the area including Tanglewood and Mineral Wells, according to some photos sent to NBC 5 — DFW.

Kaufman County had reports of ping-pong ball-sized hail.

A Tornado Watch is still in effect for the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and the surrounding areas but is expected to expire at 8 p.m..

6 p.m.

The Tornado Warning for Dallas was canceled at about 5:13 p.m., according to the National Weather Service Fort Worth.

Bianca Garcia, a meteorologist at the NWS Fort Worth, told The Dallas Express that what they were most concerned about was hail, which has been reported to be the size of quarters and damaging winds.

“The core of the strongest and the heaviest rain is in between I-20 and will continue to move east,” Garcia said, explaining that it would likely affect downtown Dallas.

However, she said the storm is expected to clear up between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, a severe thunderstorm warning expired for Arlington, Euless, and Forest Hill expired at 5:45 p.m., according to a tweet from the NWS Fort Worth.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport experienced 104 cancellations–about 10% of its total flights–and 361 delays, or about 36% of its flights, according to FlightAware.

The airport tweeted earlier that flights may be canceled or delayed due to severe weather.

“We remind you to check with your airline for any potential changes to your flight arrival or departure!” the airport wrote in a tweet.

Dallas Love Field had 28 cancellations and 72 delays.

Oncor reported that it has 194 active outages affecting more than 6,000 customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, which is a small amount compared to the more than three million customers in the area.

5:47 p.m.

North Texas remains under a tornado watch until 8 p.m.

There has been a report of one tornado and some hail the size of baseballs, the National Weather Service said.

5:35 p.m.

The tornado warning for parts of Dallas County has been canceled.

The storm is affecting the evening commute in all parts of Dallas, slowing freeways to a crawl in some places.

5:15 p.m.

The tornado warning was canceled for Tarrant County but issued for Dallas County.

Weather radar indicated circulation near Dallas Love Field around 5 p.m., but there have been no reports of tornadoes.

There have been winds of 40 miles per hour and hail, the weather service said.

4:25 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth issued a tornado warning for east central Tarrant County at 4:23 p.m. CT on Thursday.

The NWS warning announced that “a confirmed tornado was located over Fort Worth, moving east at 30 mph.”

The tornado is expected to pass through or near Watauga and Richland Hills around 4:35 p.m.; Bedford, Hurst, North Richland Hills, and Pantego around 4:40 p.m.; Fort Worth, Arlington, Euless, and DFW Intl Airport around 4:50 p.m.; and Grand Prairie around 4:55 p.m.

The NWS warns that “Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.”

All those in the affected area are instructed to take cover immediately. The NWS advises everyone to seek shelter and “[g]et to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building and avoid windows.”

2 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a tornado watch for multiple counties across North Texas. This watch is expected to expire at 8:00 p.m. on March 16.

The NWS predicts that hazards such as damaging winds, hail, and tornados will all be possible through the rest of the day.


The NWS in Fort Worth has already observed several strong storms developing east of I-35 at 11:05 a.m.  These storms are presumed capable of producing hail in the early afternoon hours of March 16.

The agency said that this activity precedes the increased chance of storms expected later this afternoon.

9 a.m.

Severe weather is expected to return to North Texas on Thursday.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth are expecting a wave of widespread severe thunderstorms across the region on March 16.

These storms are part of the same weather system that brought an atmospheric river to California, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

These storms will arrive ahead of a cold front that is expected to drop temperatures drastically the following day.  The main threat from this storm system will be hail and damaging winds.

The NWS warned that tornadoes with this storm also will be possible.

Meteorologists with the NWS told The Dallas Express that there are two different times of the day that it will be watching for storms.

“The first one could be as early as about 3:00 or for 4:00 p.m. when we could see some isolated storms start to fire up across north Texas,” said Matt Stalley with the NWS. “That’ll be our initial concern and those can produce some very large hail,” he continued.

Stalley said that the second wave will be in the 6 p.m.-to-8 p.m. range.  Storms produced during this time period will have damaging winds with the possibility of more hail, the weather service said.

The agency warned of storms occurring in the morning hours. However, the main threat will occur in the late afternoon to evening hours and by that time they will be “fairly common.”

“The initial storms during the afternoon might be a little bit more isolated, but as the cold front moves through this evening with those storms, just about everybody will see some thunderstorm activity,” Stalley said.

The NWS advises that citizens have a safety plan immediately in the event of severe weather and seek shelter indoors away from windows. The agency advised against any civilians taking refuge under bridges or overpasses.

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