Threat of isolated tornadoes, damaging storms in forecast for most of North Texas

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Chances are good that North Texans will not get a sound sleep because a cold front arrives late Tuesday, packing damaging storms with a threat of hail, heavy rain and isolated tornadoes.

In Tarrant County, the storms are expected to arrive about 2 a.m. Wednesday.

The main threat from the storms will be straight-line winds which could have gusts of 60 mph.

“It would be a good idea to tie down the Halloween decorations and trash cans,” said meteorologist Steve Fano with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth on Tuesday. “Everybody will get a part of these thunderstorms.”

Rainfall totals in some neighborhoods could be up to an inch.

“The storms will be moving quickly so you might see rain for just 30 minutes,” Fano said.

Forecasters also said there would be a low threat of hail and isolated tornadoes with the storms.

With all the rain, the Wednesday morning commute will be wet, but forecasters say most of the storms should be out of the area by then.

After the storms roll through, strong and gusty winds will be in the area from Wednesday through Friday. It will be less humid and daytime temperatures will be in the mid-70s.

The strongest winds are expected on Thursday, when wind gusts are expected to be 35 to 45 mph. The wind gusts could cause dangerous crosswinds on regional highways and interstates, according to the NWS in Fort Worth.

It also will be breezy on Friday with a high temperature around 70.

For the Halloween weekend, North Texans will have great weather and no rain. On Sunday, the daytime temperature should be 78 and calm winds.

3-Day Storm Outlook

This map shows the 3-day weather outlook for storms by the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center. Sources: National Weather Service, Esri.

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