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Concerns for flash flooding are increasing along the I-20 and I-30 corridors around the DFW Metroplex overnight. Widespread heavy rainfall and embedded thunderstorms will continue through the overnight hours and flooding is likely to become more widespread. If you are traveling, use extra caution as it is especially difficult to identify flooded roadways at night.
A Flash Flood Watch is is in effect thru Saturday afternoon for parts of the area. Widespread heavy rain is expected, especially near and northwest of a Stephenville to Denton to Sherman line. The most likely time frame for widespread heavy rain and Flash Flooding will be tonight into Saturday morning. Rainfall totals will generally be in the 2 to 4 inch range, with isolated higher amounts of closer to 6-8 inches possible.
Widespread showers and thunderstorms will be ongoing this evening and tonight across most of North and Central Texas. Rain will be heavy at times with flash flooding possible. Gusty winds and cloud- to-ground lightning will also be possible. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Saturday afternoon.
An upper level disturbance along with a cold front and abundant moisture will lead to numerous showers and a few thunderstorms on Saturday. Heavy rainfall will be the main threat along with some flooding of low lying areas. The heaviest rainfall is likely along and north of I-20. There will be a low threat for severe weather Saturday afternoon, and we'll continue to monitor this potential.
Rain chances will continue on Sunday, but are lower than previous days. The best rain chances will be across the eastern counties. Highs will be in the mid 70s to mid 80s.
Here are a few flash flood safety tips. Be cautious of areas that are prone to flooding and be especially cautious at night when it's harder to recognize flood dangers. Never drive through flooded roadways!
Astronomical Fall starts this Saturday September 22nd. On this day, both hemispheres receive the same amount of radiation. Day and night are nearly equal in length (approximately 12 hours). Days will slowly become shorter and nights will be longer.

 
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Drought Information

 


 

Recent rainfall has eased drought conditions across North and Central Texas.

 


Current Drought Conditions

  

U.S. Drought Monitor

 

U.S. Drought Monitor - North and Central Texas

 

U.S. Drought Monitor - Texas

 


Fire Danger

  

The fall growing season is in full swing, and vegetation is generally healthy.  Few burn bans remain across the region, but even if a formal 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.

 

Texas Outdoor Burn Bans

Keetch-Byram Drought Index

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index is a drought statistic specifically designed to assess fire danger.

 


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 are 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.

 


 Drought Links

 

 National Integrated Drought Information System

 National Drought Mitigation Center

  Drought Impact Reporter

  Precipitation Estimates

  Lake Levels