Scattered Severe Storms Expected Late Monday

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North Texans can expect another round of severe spring weather on Monday ahead of a dry spell later this week.

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth (NWS) expects scattered thunderstorms across the North Texas region for the afternoon and evening hours of April 1. Some of these storms may be capable of producing tornados.

The NWS expects the greatest threat of severe weather to remain near and north of the I-20 corridor ahead of a cold front. The main hazards associated with these weather systems include large hail and damaging winds, with a lower potential for tornados and flooding.

“So initially, we’re going to see some development of storms near a dry line across western North Texas probably between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., maybe a little bit earlier than that,” said Sarah Barnes, a meteorologist with the NWS in Fort Worth in a phone interview. “Those are going to increase in coverage throughout the evening as they move east.”

Barnes said the most likely chance for severe weather in the Dallas area will be between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., with the main threat of tornadoes to the north of the metroplex.

“At this time, it looks like the tornado threat would be pretty low for Dallas. Maybe not zero, but low,” said Barnes.

Weather officials advise that residents have multiple ways to receive alerts if they plan on going to bed early tonight.

Rain chances are expected to shift east of the metroplex on April 2. A dry spell and warming trend is expected to persist through the week, with high temperatures rising from mid-60s on April 2 to the upper 70s by April 5.

Rain chances will return to the region on April 7.

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