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Severe thunderstorms possible from the upper Midwest to the lower Mississippi Valley

Severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, a few tornadoes and some hail are expected across much of Arkansas and southern Missouri Wednesday. Isolated severe thunderstorms with damaging wind are also expected across Illinois during the day and across the lower Mississippi Valley overnight. Heavy rain with localized flooding is also possible in these areas. Read More >

Breezy south winds along with increasing clouds tonight. There is a low chance for a few thunderstorms mainly north of the I-20 corridor late tonight and towards daybreak on Wednesday as a cold front approaches. Temperatures will only fall into the upper 60s to near 70 degrees for most of us.
A few strong or severe storms will be possible on Wednesday morning through early afternoon near/east of I-35. Hail, damaging winds, and even an isolated tornado are possible. Elsewhere, isolated showers or a couple brief thunerstorms are possible.
Another storm system will approach the region on Friday. A cap will be in place Friday afternoon, and most lift looks to remain displaced to the west and north of our region. As a result, the potential coverage of storms is uncertain at this time, but coverage should remain fairly low during the afternoon. However, any storms that develop would likely become severe quickly in a very unstable airmass and be capable of all severe hazards. The highest threat for severe weather looks to be near and north of the Red River Friday evening and overnight. More widespread storms are forecast on Saturday, and this will put most of our area under a threat for severe weather. It is too early to get into specifics at this time, however.

 
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Spring rainfall should result in additional improvement to the ongoing drought in Northeast Texas.

 


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Even if a burn ban is not in effect for your area, it is still important to be vigilant about fire usageAvoid open flames near dry vegetation, and assure all coals and embers are fully extinguished.

 

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Water Restrictions

 

After nearly 5 years of significant water restrictions, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) began allowing twice-per-week watering on May 1, 2015.  Sprinklers and other irrigation systems are still be prohibited between 10 am and 6 pm (April 1 to October 31).  The NTMWD serves 1.6 million customers east and northeast of the city of Dallas.

In April 2014, the Fort Worth City Council made permanent its twice-per-week limit on landscape watering.  Only hand watering is allowed between 10 am and 6 pm.  Arlington, also within the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) service area, is still requesting that residents adhere to a twice-per-week watering schedule, but the formal restrictions have been lifted.  Dallas has made permanent its twice-per-week limit, but the restriction on daytime watering is limited to the warm season (April 1 to October 31).  Since water restrictions vary considerably throughout the Metroplex, residents should keep informed with the current guidelines from their municipality or water utility provider.

Voluntary conservation continues for both Waco and Temple/Killeen.  However, water restrictions remain in effect for some communities within McLennan County and Bell County.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) maintains a list of water restrictions across the state.

 


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