Storms bring March 15 rainfall record

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by ASHTON ALTIERI

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WFAA meteorologist

Posted on March 15, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 16 at 9:29 AM

An upper-level weather system swept across North Texas on Saturday, triggering widespread showers and thunderstorms, leaving behind much-needed rain, and leaving thousands without power.

It was the area's wettest day in three months, breaking the all-time March 15 precipitation record at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the official reporting station, with 1.3" of rain.

One vehicle was inundated by flash flooding at Overton Road and South Central Expressway Saturday night. Its occupants were rescued by Dallas firefighters.

Slick roads were blamed for several accidents along U.S. 180 west of Weatherford. In one wreck, a man and five children were ejected from a sport utility vehicle. They were taken to a Fort Worth hospital, but no conditions were available.

After a few showers and isolated thunderstorms through the early afternoon hours, more significant precipitation had developed around the Dallas-Fort Worth area by Saturday evening.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was canceled for the immediate D-FW area and points west just before 8 p.m., but remained in effect for parts of East Texas.

As of 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oncor reported it was working to restore power to thousands of homes in North Texas. The biggest problems were in Dallas County, with 10,800 homes blacked out. Almost 1,900 customers were without electricity in Tarrant County, and the lights were out in more than 600 Collin County homes.

The storm system brought welcome amounts of rain to parched North Texas, which had been on track to be the third driest year on record before Saturday. Here are some rain totals from the region:

Rainfall totals

Sunday will be predominantly cloudy, windy, and much cooler.  High temperatures will be in the lower 50s on Sunday, but temperatures will fall into 40s by late afternoon. The chance for rain is much smaller compared to Saturday, but lingering showers are possible, especially before noon.

Wind gusts on Sunday could reach 35 mph or even stronger.

Sunday night and Monday morning will be cold, with temperatures falling to near freezing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area around daybreak on Monday.

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