Thunderstorms and severe weather are returning to North Texas in the coming days.
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth (NWS) predicted that potentially dangerous storms will be hitting the region from March 1-2. These storms are expected to produce hail, damaging wind gusts, and even a few tornadoes.
The area east of Interstate 35 has currently the highest risk of severe weather, but this is expected to change. The NWS urged North Texas residents to check often for updates.
Heavy rainfall is also expected to accompany these storms, with a minor possibility of flooding.
Texas just barely missed another storm system that produced tornadoes earlier this week, as previously reported by The Dallas Express. The state experienced a cold front that was the edge of a much larger system that brought snow and wintry conditions across a large portion of the nation.
Hunter Reeves with the NWS in Fort Worth told The Dallas Express that there will be heightened chances of severe weather occurring in waves across both days. This first round will bring isolated hailstorms in the morning hours of February 28.
“Round two, which is going to be on Thursday afternoon and evening, that’s going to be our bigger severe weather threat,” said Reeves in a phone interview.
“Instead of just hail, it will also include damaging winds. And a few tornadoes are also going to be possible too,” he continued.
The NWS recommends that those residing in North Texas have multiple reliable methods in place that can rouse them from sleep at night when the storms arrive. Being mindful of changing weather conditions is also advised.
“We are still pinpointing timing and exact locations. We know that east of I-35 is gonna have the greatest potential for severe weather, but we are still narrowing down that information right now,” said Reeves.
The agency also recommends that residents take extra precautions to prepare for the possibility of severe weather. For instance, it is advised to establish a proper communication plan with loved ones, line up a safe shelter, and refresh emergency supplies as needed.