Storms hit North Texas; tornado watch expires

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by PETE DELKUS

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Posted on January 29, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 29 at 10:22 PM

7p The tornado watch that had been issued for much of North Texas has expired. Showers and thunderstorms will continue across North Texas for the remainder of Tuesday evening. Stronger storms will be capable of producing small hail and gusty winds, but severe weather is no longer expected. Additional rainfall will generally be under a quarter of an inch. - National Weather Service

6:23p Behind the storm front, we have temperatures dropping around 20 degrees, with gusty west winds 20-30 mph. A red flag warning is in effect until 8 p.m. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

6:12p We're getting reports of downed utility poles and a roof blown off a shed in Quinlan, in Hunt County. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

5:01p The tornado watch has been canceled in Collin County; it continues for points to the east and northeast. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

4:51p A tornado watch remains valid until 7 p.m. Tuesday for the following counties in North Texas: Collin, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall. - National Weather Service

4:40p The worst is over for the North Texas now... just some good ol' rain behind this line of thunderstorms. Again, no active warnings are in effect at this time. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

3:58p Quarter-sized hail is falling around Parker Road and the Dallas North Tollway. Storms are just starting to enter Dallas and Collin counties. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

3:31p As the cold front sweeps through North Texas, it's causing a big temperature spread. Just a little bit ago, the temperature was 59 in Bridgeport, 79 in Dallas, and 81 in Waco. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

2:25p There are no active warnings right now for North Texas. This line of storms continue to move east making their way into Fort Worth around 3:00 p.m., Dallas around 4:00 p.m., and Terrell around 5:00 p.m. Main concerns are damaging wind and quarter-sized hail. -Pete Delkus

1:40p A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Parker and Wise counties is in effect until 2:00 p.m. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Palo Pinto and Parker counties is in effect until 2:15 p.m. -Pete Delkus

1:15p Storms are moving slower than expected, but they continue to fill in along our cold front that's progressing through our western zones. Individual storms are moving quick at 50-55mph, but the entire line is progressing much slower around 20-30mph. I expect these storms to move through the metroplex around 2-3:00 p.m. -Colleen Coyle

12:45p Our first wave of storms has exited the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. We now await the squall line, which is running two hours behind schedule. It's expected to pass across the region and be east of us by 5 p.m.

Currently, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 5 p.m. for the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. - Steve McCauley

12 noon The outflow boundary/cold front has moved ahead of the storms in Palo Pinto, Stephens and Young counties. This has temporarily caused the storms to weaken. We will be watching for new development near the boundary/front. Stay tuned! -Pete Delkus

11:50a Isolated thunderstorms have formed to the west and northwest of Fort Worth in Parker and Wise counties. None of these are severe, but as the morning progresses, thunderstorms will become more widespread and increase in intensity.

The main line of storms is still well to the west of Fort Worth near Wichita Falls. This is the line that we’ll be watching for severe development.

The best time for stormy weather in the Dallas-Fort Worth area continues to be a four-hour window from approximately 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For locations east of Dallas, 3 p.m. and later will be your window.

A slight risk of severe storms are possible for North Texas. This includes damaging wind, large hail and isolated tornadoes. I believe the biggest concern we have is for damaging straight line winds with quarter to half dollar size hail a possibility too. I’m not going to rule out an isolated tornado but I do feel the higher risk area for this will be in East Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. -Pete Delkus

11:04a A Tornado Watch is in effect for northeast Texas, Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.. The watch area is approximately along and 80 statute miles east and west of a line from 35 miles northwest of Poteau, OK to 80 miles south of Paris, TX. -National Weather Service

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