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Showers and thunderstorms will develop initially over the Texas Panhandle late Tonight in response to a potent upper-level trough digging into the Great Plains. These thunderstorms will begin to reach portions of North Texas west of U.S. Highway 281 during the very early morning hours Friday. These thunderstorms will approach the I-35 corridor and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex by morning, and push east of the Metroplex and into Central and East Texas during the afternoon and evening hours. Some storms may become severe with damaging winds and hail, mainly east of Interstate 35 Friday afternoon. The tornado threat is expected to remain very low, but an isolated tornado or two cannot be completely ruled out. .
Morning clouds will give way to mostly sunny conditions during the afternoon.It will be a windy and warm day on Today with highs 80 to 85. South winds 20 to 30 mph, with a few gusts approaching 40 mph this afternoon and evening will make for choppy open waters on area lakes, as well as dangerous crosswinds on east to west highways and interstates for high-profile vehicles. There is an elevated threat for grass fires, especially west of I-35/35W during the afternoon.
Another upper-level trough will dig into the Great Plains on late Sunday afternoon into Sunday night, leading to the development of a surface low over the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles. There will be a potential for discrete thunderstorm development east of a dryline and south of a warm front, with conditions likely to be favorable for thunderstorms to become severe. Confidence is increasing in this severe weather setup, as models have come into better agreement. Some uncertainty still remains however, especially with regards to timing and placement of the highest threat area. Still, interests in North and Central Texas are advised to monitor weather forecasts closley moving into the weekend.
A Fire Weather Watch is in effect from 11 AM to 6 PM Friday for areas along and west of a line from Gainesville to Granbury to Comanche. Gusty southwest winds and and dry conditions with humidity values in the teens in the highlighted area will result in critical fire weather conditions. AVOID outdoor burning of any sort Friday afternoon, not just in the watch area, but all across the region. DO NOT toss lit cigarette butts from any moving vehicle. Any fires will ignite and spread quickly!
We will have a SKYWARN class Thursday evening, March 23rd, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Van Zandt County Regional Airport in Wills Point, Texas. You do NOT have to be a resident of Van Zandt County to attend. Classes are FREE with no registration required. If you want to become a SKYWARN spotter and do your part to help the NWS Fort Worth and other local agencies and jurisdictions during severe weather, you'll definitely want to attend.

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