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A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Hamilton, Hood, Mills, and Somervell Counties until 10 AM. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for areas from Comanche to Weatherford to Gainesville until 1 PM. Areas of freezing drizzle will occur early this morning, followed by freezing rain and sleet. Accumulations of 1/10th to 2/10th of an inch of ice or sleet will likely made travel hazardous. Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
It will be cloudy and cold today. Freezing drizzle, freezing rain, sleet and thunderstorms will occur this morning along and west of a Killeen to Weatherford to Bonham line. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect along and northwest of a Goldthwaite to Glen Rose to Weatherford to Bonham line where travel will be hazardous. Otherwise, expect showers and thunderstorms today with highs in the mid 30s northwest to the mid 50s southeast. Winds will be northerly at 5 to 10 mph.
Here are some winter driving tips: 1. Reduce speed and allow plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead of you. 2. Avoid making sharp turns or braking suddenly. 3. If you vehicle begins to skid, GENTLY steer IN THE DIRECTION OF THE SKID to regain control. Resist the urge to jerk the steering wheel in the other direction. 4. From a stop, accelerate slowly in second gear to get better traction. 5. Sand, kitty litter, or cardboard can help you regain traction if you become stuck. 6. Take along blankets, water, jumper cables, a flashlight, and a tow rope in case you get stranded.
It will remain cloudy tonight with scattered to numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms. Locally heavy rain is possible that would result in flooding. Lows will be in the lower 30s northwest to the upper 40s southeast. Winds will be light and variable.
It will be cloudy and not as cool Friday with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms. Locally heavy rain may lead to some flooding. Highs will range from around 50 degrees northwest to the lower 70s southeast.
Showers and thunderstorms are expected Saturday as a cold front moves through the region. Some severe thunderstorms will be possible along and east of the I-35 corridor as a squall line moves east across North and Central Texas. Damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes will be possible. In addition, heavy rain may lead to flash flooding.
Join us Thursday, February 22nd, for our SKYWARN class in Greenville, Texas (Hunt County) at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center. We will be hosting the basic session from 6 to 8 PM. All SKYWARN classes are free and open to all ages. No registration is required!
Join us Thursday, February 22nd, for our SKYWARN class in Fairfield, Texas (Freestone County) at the Civic Center on the Fairgrounds on US Highway 84. We will be hosting the basic session from 6 to 8 PM. All SKYWARN classes are free and open to all ages. No registration is required!

 
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April 3rd 2012 Severe Weather Outbreak

Lancaster/Dallas Tornado

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth have given portions of the damage in Lancaster a preliminary rating of EF-2, with estimated wind speeds up to 130 mph. The tornado had a path length of 7.1 miles and a maximum width of 200 yards. Additional information will be added to this page as it becomes available.

…Preliminary Findings from the Lancaster/Dallas Storm Surveys…

On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, a crew from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth surveyed the damaged areas in the Lancaster and Dallas areas in Dallas County.  

The finding was that a tornado occured in Lancaster and continued into southern Dallas on April 3, 2012. The tornado has been given a rating of EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The maximum path width was 200 yards, with an estimated path length of 7.1 miles and estimated wind speeds of 130 mph.

 The damage started east of the intersection of interstate 35E and Parkerville Road in Lancaster. There was intermittent damage throughout Lancaster as the tornado traveled several miles to the northeast. The most significant damage then occurred near the intersections of Wintergreen Road, Telephone Road and North Dallas Road. The damage path then continue to the north-northeast and crossed Interstate 20 where it caused significant damage to a trucking facility. The tornado continued a short distance to the north-northeast before lifting near the intersection of Bonnie View Road and Memory Lane in Dallas.

Lancaster/Dallas Tornado

   

Tornado Damage in Lancaster, Texas
This photo was taken by our Ellis/Dallas survey team near the intersection of Telephone Road and North Dallas Ave in Lancaster TX. It shows large sections of the roof on a single family residence were removed.

 

Tornado Damage
This photo was taken by a NWS Storm Survey team on April 4, 2012. It shows EF-2 tornado damage that occurred on April 3, 2012.

Tornado Damage in Lancaster, Texas
This photo was taken near the intersection of Pleasant Run Road and Rogers Ave in Lancaster. This photo shows damage to one and two story single family residences. Note the significant loss of roof and roof covering material and failure of the chimney.