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Heavy Rain, Local Flooding Along the Central Gulf Coast

A slow moving front will provide the focus for heavy rain and local flooding from the Texas Gulf Coast to the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama coasts today. The front will shift to the Florida Panhandle and Southeast Tuesday. Severe storms are possible in west Texas, while record warm temperatures spread across the west. Read More >

Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will continue this morning with the best chances across the southeast. Locally heavy rainfall, small hail, and cloud to ground lightning are all possible with the strongest storms. There will be a decrease in activity this afternoon, but we will be watching for strong to possibly severe storms to move from the Texas Panhandle late this afternoon. The northwest sections of North Texas should be the first to see these storms as early as late this afternoon , but more likely this evening.
Even though we had severe storms Thursday and Friday in parts of North and Central Texas, mainly west of Interstate 35, any people are wondering and asking why there weren't more storms after much of the region was under Tornado Watches each day. The atmosphere was uncapped, unstable and humid enough for severe storms. The missing ingredient appeared to be adequate large scale lift as the upper level low tracked too far to our northwest.
It looks like the weather pattern favors rain chances to be in place over the Memorial Day Weekend. Long range model guidance suggest a few shortwave disturbances moving from the southwest to northeast across the area during the weekend and into early next week. Likely won't rain the entire weekend but details and timing of the forecast will be refined this week. High temperatures will stay in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Low temperatures will be in upper 60s and lower 70s. Stay Tuned!

 
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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.

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