Severe Weather Threat for Dallas Ends

Lightning strike | Image by Imanol Zuaznabar Garcia

North Texas has weathered another wave of severe storms.

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth predicted that scattered severe storms would be expected across the region starting in the early morning hours of March 24, as previously reported by The Dallas Express. The NWS predicted these storms to bring hail and damaging winds with a possibility of tornados.

Severe storms arrived in the Metroplex at 6:23 a.m., bringing lightning, gusty winds, and heavy rain. The NWS issued several Severe Thunderstorm Warnings across the region and a Tornado Warning for Springtown, Reno, and Boyd.

The NWS allowed its original Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the region to expire and set a new one in place until 9:00 a.m.

Matt Stalley with the NWS told The Dallas Express that these storms produced some damages out west of the Metroplex due to powerful wind gusts.

Survey teams were sent out to assess the damages and determine whether or not a tornado had touched down.

The NWS predicted the storms to leave the region in the afternoon, leaving temperatures in the 70s and 80s.

Stalley said this same weather system is continuing east and is expected to produce a widespread threat of severe storms for Eastern Texas into Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

Stalley said that following this storm system, quieter weather will persist, with high temperatures remaining in the 70s and lows in the 40s overnight. The NWS had initially predicted that North Texas would see a chance of showers returning on March 26. However, those chances have now diminished.

“The only rain chances that we have should remain well off to the south on Sunday, so at this time we are not really expecting any rain chances in the DFW area over the upcoming weekend,” said Stalley.

A cold front is expected to arrive early next week, followed by a warm-up by the middle of the week. Rain and thunderstorm chances are predicted to return on March 30.

8:45 a.m.

Dallas, Tarrant and Collin counties have been removed from the National Weather Service’s Severe Thunderstorm Watch.

The watch will end for other North Texas counties at 9 a.m.

Sunshine broke out over much of Dallas at 8:30 a.m.

8:15 a.m.

Wise County’s emergency management coordinator said a suspected tornado touched down Friday morning.

Cody Powell said it happened on the south Wise County line near Parker County.

There were no reports of injuries.

Wise County was under a Tornado Warning from the National Weather Service earlier Friday.

7:35 a.m.

More than 100 flights were delayed because of weather out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Four were cancelled.

At Dallas Love Field, 29 flights were delayed.

7 a.m.

The chance of severe thunderstorms in Dallas has started to fade.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains until 9 a.m., the National Weather Service said.

Traffic has been slow on freeways and side streets.

Heavy rain and small hail were falling in parts of Collin County. especially near the Dallas North Tollway.

The storm was expected to pick up intensity later Friday as it moves into Louisiana and Mississippi.

6:45 a.m.

Dallas Love Field is expecting to lift its ground stop around 7 a.m.

Oncor says there are 1,796 customers affected by power outages.

6:30 a.m.

The storm was expected to move quickly through Dallas County.

The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for northern Collin County, including McKinney.

Rain will continue to come down hard through the morning. Coppell and Farmers Branch were beginning to see heavy rain.

Skies will be clearing later in the morning.

6:25 a.m.

Wind and hail have not been part of the storms moving into Dallas.

There have been reports of hard rain in Frisco and Plano.

6:15 a.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for North Texas counties have been allowed to expire.

Severe Thunderstorm Watches remain in effect until 9 a.m.

The storm is subsiding as it approaches Dallas County.

Rain is expected to start in Dallas around 6:30 a.m.

Collin County is starting to see rain.

6:10 a.m.

Power lines were reported down in Parker County.

Oncor is reporting 50 outages affecting more than 1,200 customers.

Heavy rain was falling on the Denton County square.

6:05 a.m.

Rain is heavy in Fort Worth and on a stretch from Texas Motor Speedway to Southlake.

The Tarrant County Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been allowed to expire.

The one for Denton County remains until 6:15 a.m.

Some trailers have overturned in Parker County.

The National Weather Service says it does not expect severe weather alerts for downtown Dallas.

6 a.m.

Ground stops have been extended until 7:30 a.m. for Love Field and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

5:50 a.m.

Weatherford ISD has postponed school bus service until 6:30 a.m.

5:45 a.m.

The storm moving through Denton County has clocked winds around 6:15 a.m.

Rain is starting to fall in Fort Worth.

5:40 a.m.

The storm is increasing in intensity as it moves east toward Dallas County.

Rain has not started in Tarrant and Dallas counties but lightning is visible to the west.

5:35 a.m.

The storm was beginning to move into Denton County.

Dallas County is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9 a.m.

5:30 a.m.

The temperature was 74 degrees, with the warming weather fueling the storms.

Heavy straight-line winds were moving into western Tarrant County.

The National Weather Service warned of possible flooding on roads during the morning commute.

5:27 p.m.

The Tornado Warning for Wise County was allowed to expire.

It was downgraded to a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.

Expect quarter-size hail as the storm moves through Dallas County around 6 a.m., the National Weather Service said.

5:23 a.m.

All inbound flights have been held at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport until at least 6 a.m. Friday.

5 a.m. Friday

A tornado warning was issued for part of Wise County on Friday morning, the National Weather Service said.

The warning was scheduled to expire at 5:30 a.m.

Tarrant County was under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 6:15 p.m.

As the weather moves east, expect winds of 60 mph along with rain and possible hail.

The storm front will be in Dallas around 6 a.m., the weather service said.

There have been reports of damage in Parker County.

The Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport was expected to face a possible ground stop around 6 a.m.

Noon Thursday

Severe thunderstorms are now expected to impact Friday morning. 

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth (NWS) has changed its forecast for scattered severe thunderstorms chances across the region. The agency recently predicted a chance of storms beginning in the late afternoon hours of March 23 into the morning of March 24, as previously reported by The Dallas Express

The agency now reports that these storm chances will mainly transpire in the early morning hours of March 24, with none expected for the duration of today. 

The NWS told The Dallas Express that it expects these storms to arrive in the morning hours of Friday after around 4 a.m. 

The highest threats associated with this storm will be hail and damaging winds and a low risk of tornadoes. 

The agency reported that tornadoes will be more possible in “more discrete storms.” 

David Bonnette said these storms would mainly impact those on a Friday morning commute. 

“Expect for some showers and thunderstorms during your morning drive tomorrow [Friday],” Bonnette said. 

Parts of West Texas are also bracing for impact from these storms. Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene is relocating portions of its C-130 fleet in preparation for the severe weather. 

Colonel Joseph Kramer, 7th Bomb Wing commander, said that the relocation of the fleet is not only to protect it, but to also demonstrate “agile combat employment implementation.” 

“Moving at a faster rate, to more locations, is something we may need in a high-end fight,” said Kramer in the release. “We appreciate Holloman’s ability to host our aircraft and Airmen, and this effort demonstrates that this action is repeatable when necessary,” he continued. 

Governor Greg Abbott announced on March 23 that he has ordered that emergency services across the state be prepared in preparation of these storms. Along with the threats of wind, hail, and tornados, officials also warn of fire weather in the west and northwestern portions of the state. 

“Texans are encouraged to make an emergency plan, remain weather-aware, and heed the guidance of state and local officials to keep themselves and their loved ones safe,” said Abbott in the release. “Our emergency management personnel and first responders are fully prepared to swiftly respond to help Texans in need over the course of this storm,” he continued. 

Worsening weather conditions are expected to continue in California following atmospheric rivers bringing rain and snow to most of the state. The NWS in Sacramento predicted that more snow and rain will fall across the state on March 27 into the following week. 

The NWS in Fort Worth has predicted seasonable conditions for early spring across the metroplex into the weekend and into the following week. Temperatures are expected to reach highs in the 60s and 70s. 

Rain chances will return again on March 26. 

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1 Comment

  1. Barry Thistlethwaite

    The first entry says “8:45 p.m.” I assume you meant “8:45 a.m.”


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