Warm, sunny weekend to follow Wednesday storms

Drew Smith, Herald Democrat
Wildflowers bloom in front of a budding tree along Travis Street in Sherman Monday. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth said the Texoma area is expected to see showers and storms Wednesday before a weekend of sunshine and spring-like warmth. [Drew Smith / Herald Democrat]

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth said the Texoma area will see gusty winds and the chance for showers and severe weather again this week, but sunny skies are set to return by Saturday and Sunday.

“It sure seems like the recent systems have been targeting us on the weekends,” NWS Meteorologist Matt Bishop said Monday. “Thankfully it does look like we’ll be in for a pleasant change, this time around.”

Bishop said the Sherman area received 2.1 inches of rain over the weekend, bringing the monthly precipitation total to just under three inches. Monday’s sunny skies are expected to give way to building cloud cover Tuesday, with daytime temperatures reaching the mid 70s and overnight lows nearing 65 degrees. Bishop said an upper-level, low-pressure system will reach North Texas by Wednesday and combine with moisture-rich air over the region, creating a 50 percent to 70 percent chance for afternoon and late-night showers and storms.

“It looks like the primary risk will be large hail in the afternoon, just west of the Sherman area,” Bishop said. “The specifics of when and where that might happen may change in the next few days, but that’s the biggest thing to keep an eye on. There will also be a damaging wind risk and there’s always a slight risk for tornadoes, when it’s this time of year and there’s this kind of system.”

Wednesday’s high is expected to reach 77 degrees and fall to 56 overnight, but conditions will be cooler Thursday with a respective high and low of 67 degrees and 56 degrees.

Sustained winds of 10-15 mph will persist all throughout the work week, but Bishop said gusts upward of 20 mph and 30 mph will be likely.

“Anybody with outdoor plans, especially those who are camping, should be prepared and anchor down anything that might be affected by the wind,” Bishop said. “And anybody who’s driving a high-profile vehicle should also be prepared to to deal with the high winds. Take a little extra caution if you’re traveling.”

Clear and sunny skies are slated to arrive by Friday, which will see highs and lows, again in the upper 60s and 40s, respectively. Temperatures will then jump as much as 10 degrees on Saturday, bringing the daytime high to 78 degrees and the low to 59 degrees. Sunday’s high is expected to reach an above average 82 degrees under sunny skies, but Bishop said the chance for rain will return during the evening hours.

“Enjoy the weekend, since it looks like we’re finally going to have a good one,” Bishop said.

Drew Smith is a reporter for the Herald Democrat. Contact him at asmith@heralddemocrat.com or on Twitter @DrewSmithHD.