A stormy start to spring break



Posted on March 9, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 10 at 10:30 AM

Stormy skies marked the start of spring break in North Texas, bringing much-needed rain to the region.

Just a couple of light showers lingered Sunday morning as a cold front moved in after an overnight soaking, WFAA meteorologist Colleen Coyle said. "We'll be left with mostly cloudy skies, some sun, falling temperatures and windy weather," she added.

Rainfall totals were significant in many parts of the Channel 8 viewing area: More than 1.9 inches in Dallas and McKinney; 1.75 inches in Denton; and more than 1.5 inches in Sherman and Denison.

Winds from the northwest were forecast to be just below advisory levels Sunday at 15 to 30 mph. "Some folks outside the Metroplex could see a light freeze tonight as we head into your Monday morning," Coyle said.

But conditions will be improving for spring breakers who chose a "staycation."

"By the middle of the week, we're going to be in the low to mid-70s... nearing 80 degrees as we head into the upcoming weekend," Coyle said.

Rain and hail stopped traffic between Decatur and Wichita Falls on Saturday afternoon. Drivers had to pull over until the worst of the downpour passed.

The storm forced changes at one of the area's biggest weekend attractions, 35 Denton. The four-day music festival features dozens of acts like Solange taking the stage.

Organizers said the festival will go on rain or shine, but they moved some events on Saturday night.

The Cannabinoids were shifted to The Hive at 6 o'clock. While Solange will take Main Stage One at 9 o'clock.

The panel "Denton: A City, College and a Creative Class" shifted to Sweetwater Grill and Tavern.