National Weather Forecast
As one system continues to work eastward Friday – with showers and storms from the eastern Great Lakes to the Southeast – another frontal boundary will be in place in the central United States. That one will produce storms from Texas to the Upper Midwest, with some snow chances in the Rockies and parts of the western Great Lakes. Severe storms are expected in the Southern Plains.
It’ll be another day where severe weather is expected across portions of Texas, including in the DFW Metroplex. An Enhanced Risk of severe weather is in place (threat level 3 of 5). While very large hail is the main concern, damaging winds and a tornado or two will be possible.
Very heavy rain will be possible along the Gulf Coast and in the Appalachians through the first half of the weekend, with at least 3-5” of rain possible. A few inches of snow (maybe up to a foot) will be possible in the Rockies.
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