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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Denton, Collin counties

Storms could produce winds up to 70 mph and large hail, the weather service cautioned.

Updated Friday at 7 p.m.: Revised to include a severe thunderstorm watch for parts of North Texas.

Storms on Friday could be the beginning of a wet Memorial Day weekend.

Thunderstorms are expected to move through Dallas-Fort Worth late Friday, and some of those storms could be strong to severe, with the potential for strong winds and hail, according to KXAS-TV (NBC5) meteorologist Grant Johnston.

Ahead of the storms, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Denton and Collin counties, in effect until 2 a.m. Saturday. Storms could produce winds up to 70 mph and large hail, the weather service cautioned.

The watch does not include Tarrant or Dallas counties.

“We’re going to watch this closely,” Johnston said.

The threat for tornadoes is low, but it cannot be ruled out, according to David Bonnette, weather service meteorologist.

After storms move through the area, Dallas-Fort Worth should stay dry overnight, but then rain returns to the forecast.

Dallas-Fort Worth will see a chance of rain in the forecast through next week, with the greatest chances Sunday and Monday, according to Johnston.

“It won’t be a complete washout, but there will be some periods of scattered showers and storms,” he said. “We could be looking at some heavy downpours, especially Sunday and Monday.”

Widespread severe weather is not expected after Friday night’s storms, but some storms could be strong with gusty winds and hail, according to the weather service. The main concern will be the potential for flooding in some areas Sunday and Monday.

Through Thursday, more than 5 inches of rain has been recorded at DFW International Airport, according to the weather service. That’s more than Dallas-Fort Worth normally sees for the entire month.

North Texas may not be in the clear after Memorial Day. There’s still at least a slight chance of rain every day through the end of next week, according to NBC5.

Here’s what KXAS-TV (NBC5) has in the forecast:

Friday: 90/71; chance of a storm

Saturday: 90/72; chance of a storm

Sunday: 86/72; chance of storms

Monday: 83/68; chance of storms

Tuesday: 83/66; chance of storms

Jesus Jimenez, Staff Writer. Jesus Jimenez began working for The Dallas Morning News in 2018. He currently covers weather and how climate affects Dallas-Fort Worth. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas.

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