For the fourth weekend in a row, Texomans are heading into the weekend with a forecast of rain.
While not all of those predictions have brought downpours, the National Weather Service in Fort Worth is projecting a 50 percent chance of rain beginning Friday evening and then rising to a 90 percent chance of thunderstorms for Saturday.
NWS Meteorologist Jamie Gudmestad said the biggest issues of concern are possible hail and some chances of isolated flooding in parts of the county. Most of the heavy rains will be east of Sherman and Denison, Gudmestad said.
“Some areas may see some heavy rainfall,” Gudmestad said. “Be cognizant of flooding. Springtime, the ground will be wet —there would be a lot of runoff in some areas. Keep that in mind while driving. It should be pretty humid the next couple of days, even during the times it is not raining.”
Gudmestad said the freezing winter weather is mostly past now, and the repeated thunderstorms are pretty typical for this time of year.
“I think we are past it,” Gudmestad said of the cold weather the area saw earlier this year. “The lows will get down to the low 40s. We should be done with freezing temperatures.”
Gudmestad said the low temperature for Friday will be around 43 degrees with the high getting up to the upper 60s. She said things are looking to be warm and sunny with relatively calm winds on Friday. The showers will move in towards the evening, cooling the temperatures down around that time.
The low for Saturday will be 51 with a high of 60. She said to area residents should expect east to northeast winds around 10-15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
Things are expected to warm back up on Sunday with rains tapering off by Sunday morning. She said it should remain gusty into Sunday with things calming down by Monday. The high for Sunday is expected to be 62 degrees with temperatures climbing up to around 75 on Monday with a warmer, breezy south wind.
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