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Showers and a few embedded storms are moving east at 20 MPH and will affect the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex late morning through early afternoon. Severe weather is not expected with this round of rain, but some storms may contain small hail and cloud-to-ground lightning.
Scattered showers and storms will increase in coverage today through this evening across all of north Texas. A few storms could be strong to severe this afternoon and evening with mainly a hail and wind threat. Locally heavy rainfall will also be possible mainly north of I-20 and east of I-35 through tonight.
It will be cooler Sunday in the wake of the Saturday's cold front. Clouds will decrease from southwest to northeast during the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 60s northeast to the lower 70s across parts of Central Texas with northwest winds 15 to 25 mph.
After a break in the rain chances on Monday and Tuesday, a cold front will bring chanced for showers and a few storms Tuesday night through Wednesday night. Temperatures on Monday and Tuesday will be in the 70s and 80s, but it will be much cooler on Wednesday following the front's passage.

 
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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.