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D-FW weather: Severe Thunderstorms are coming to an end tonight.

Storms are coming to an end late tonight leaving us with a nice weekend.

DALLAS — Updated at 10:30 p.m. with the latest forecast details.

Storms are coming to an end.

Severe thunderstorm warnings have now been issued for parts of Dallas, Ellis, Hill, Kaufman, Navarro, and Rockwall counties.

Much of Dallas County, including Dallas, Garland, Irving and Richardson, are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 9 p.m.

The largest threat is hail, ranging from quarter to golf ball sized. 

A separate warning was issued for parts of Dallas, Kaufman and Rockwall counties and will last until 8:30 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for most of North Texas including Dallas-Fort Worth until 11 pm. 

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11 PM

Thunderstorms are not guaranteed for everyone, but they are possible later in the day. If storms form, they will quickly become severe with large hail (possibly up to baseball size) as the main threat.

There has been a slight change to the "enhanced" risk (level 3 on a scale of 5), that removes a good portion of North Texas.  We don't want you to change the way you prepare.  The difference between the "slight" & "enhanced" risk categories is too small, so our message to you isn't going to change.  What this means is not everyone in that risk area will see severe storms. The potential is there, but not guaranteed. 

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Severe Weather Outlook Late Afternoon through the Evening

It will be very difficult to pinpoint exactly who does see the storms, so it is a good idea for locations in and around Dallas-Fort Worth and to the east to have a plan in place.

RELATED: What is 'the cap?'


This cap will keep any storms from forming until the cap may break during the late afternoon into early evening.

If the cap breaks, isolated storms will form from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to the east. Timing for any storms to form would be around 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Storm Timing for North Texas

While any thunderstorms that form do not look to be widespread, any storms that do form will likely quickly become severe.

Not everyone in North Texas will see storms. But if you do see a storm, there is a good chance of it being severe.

Any storms that form during the evening will move east during the evening into nighttime hours. The Dallas-Fort Worth area will likely be done with storm chances by 10 p.m. or so.

RELATED: Check your local radar

Severe Threats

As it looks now, the main threat with any storms Friday evening will be large hail. Perhaps very large hail.

Any storm that reaches its full potential could have up to baseball size hail. This doesn't mean everyone will see hail of that size, but if you are in the path of one of these storms it is certainly possible.

Isolated damaging wind gusts will also be possible with any severe storm, but the threat is lower than the hail threat.

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Large hail is the main threat with any severe storms on Friday, but the other threats are not zero.

What about tornadoes?

April is the peak month for tornadoes in North Texas, so the threat is almost always there this time of year with severe storms.

Having said that, the threat on Friday does look low for North Texas. The primary concern is by far large hail. 

However, any severe storm that forms will need to be watched closely, especially during the late evening into nighttime hours as storms move into eastern North Texas and East Texas.


The cap is the biggest question still remaining.

IF the cap is stronger than currently predicted, storms may struggle to form at all. 

Also, if the amount of moisture (i.e. fuel for thunderstorms) is less than predicted, that would also reduce the chances for storms.

We will be watching both of these things over the next 24 hours.

What you can do is stay prepared and keep checking back for the latest updates!

Remember to download the WFAA app to check one of our dozens of local radars near you, get weather alerts, and see the latest forecast, cameras and current conditions.