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Moisture will continue to increase into North Texas overnight resulting in extensive cloud cover and some patchy drizzle developing. Best chances for light rain or drizzle will be along and east of I-35. Temperatures tonight will generally remain in the 40s.
There will be a threat for showers and thunderstorms east of Highway 281 on Sunday afternoon. A few storms could be strong with gusty winds. Afternoon temperatures will reach the 60s and 70s. Behind the dryline, the fire weather threat may increase due to the combination of above normal temperatures, strong winds and low afternoon humidity. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect from 11 am Sunday through 9 PM Sunday night for areas shaded in light brown.
It will be mostly cloudy Sunday with a chance of showers and thunderstorms ahead of a dryline and cold front. Highs will be in the mid 60s to lower 70s. South winds 10 to 20 mph will shift to the southwest late morning through the afternoon as the dryline moves east. The dryline should be near/or just east of the I-35 corridor by early afternoon and a few storms ahead of the dryline could produce some gusty winds. Skies will start to clear behind the dryline.
Mild and sunny conditions are expected next week. Highs will start out in the mid 50s to lower 60s on Monday, with a slow but steady warming trend expected through the week. By Friday, highs will be in the low to mid 60s for most areas in North and Central Texas. These temperatures will be near to slightly above normal for this time of the year. Rain chances are expected to be very low next week, with generally sunny conditions expected.

 
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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.