A cold front expected to move through North Texas late Thursday into early Friday could produce storms with strong winds and large hail, but severe weather is not expected for most of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to the National Weather Service.
The biggest potential hazard for North Texans will be large hail in the overnight hours, said Jason Dunn, a meteorologist for the weather service in Fort Worth.
The storms are expected to develop “way off to the north and northwest” of Dallas-Fort Worth late Thursday afternoon before filling in and moving across the area in the overnight hours going into Friday, Dunn said Thursday morning.
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth tweeted around 6:40 p.m. that some storms were developing in areas northwest of Dallas-Fort Worth. A “broken line of storms,” some of which could be strong to severe, may develop overnight along the cold front, according to the weather service.
Storms should clear out of the area by Friday morning, said Hunter Reeves, a meteorologist for the weather service in Fort Worth.
“It doesn’t look like it’s going to be a very dynamic system like the last two events we had,” Reeves said Tuesday. “That being said, we can’t rule out the potential for severe weather.”
A small cold front will follow the storms, but the Dallas-Fort Worth area will not see as big of a temperature drop as it did following last week’s storms, which generated several tornadoes and caused wind damage in parts of the region.
Sunny and breezy conditions are expected through the weekend and into next week. Mornings will start off cool with temperatures in the 40s and 50s, and there will be “seasonal afternoons” with highs in the 60s and 70s, according to the weather service.
“I think we may be leaving winter behind, hopefully,” Reeves said.