Counties East And South Of Dallas Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 8 PM Sunday

Apr 27, 2014

Update, 3:09 p.m. Sunday: A cold front is racing across North Texas throughout the day, creating isolated thunderstorms. Some residents reported small hail across the region earlier today. A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 3:30 p.m. for northeastern Fannin County. Around 3 p.m., a strong storm was reported near Bonham in Fannin County, which is northeast of Dallas-Fort Worth. The National Weather Service says storms are possible, especially east of Interstate 35. "Some of these storms will have the potential to produce large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes," the weather service says. 

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday for Rockwall County and Ellis County, as well as Kaufman, Fannin, Lamar and Hunt counties and other counties to the east and south of Dallas-Fort Worth. There is a wind advisory and a high fire danger through 7 p.m. Sunday for areas west of a line from Gainesville to Fort Worth to Gatesville. 

Update, 3:02 p.m. Sunday: Earth Day Texas sends along a note that The Polyphonic Spree's free concert is still on for 6 p.m. Sunday at Fair Park.

Original post: It could be a dark and stormy Saturday and Sunday.

There’s a chance for severe storms across parts of North Texas throughout the weekend.

Here’s what the National Weather Service is saying:

Saturday: On Saturday, storms will develop in the late afternoon. Areas most likely to be affected include cities to the west of Dallas-Fort Worth – a line west of Sherman to DFW to Killeen. Cities that could see storms include Bowie, Decatur, Mineral Wells and Graham. There’s a good chance the storms will be severe. Some storms will produce large hail and damaging winds. Isolated tornadoes are possible during the evening. The storms will dissipate overnight.

Sunday: On Sunday, more storms will roll through North Texas. The National Weather Service says Dallas-Fort Worth and the eastern half of North Texas – basically cities east of Interstate 35 – could see severe storms and tornadoes Sunday afternoon. However, there is a chance that storms will skip over Dallas-Fort Worth and instead form over East Texas.

Bottom line: The potential for widespread severe weather or a tornado outbreak is low for North Texas. Not everyone will see severe weather this weekend.

In other words: Stay tuned to the forecast and watch the skies.

The National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office has produced a video explaining the weekend forecast: