<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Weather News and Coverage]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:37:56 -0500 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:37:56 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast - Storm Chances Return]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:19:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RickMitchell_Formal_2012.jpg

A few severe storms are located across northwest Texas, but they should diminish in intensity before approaching the DFW area around midnight.  A better chance for severe storms will occur over the weekend.  A few severe storms may make it into our western counties by Saturday evening with widespread severe weather likely throughout North Texas on Sunday.


TONIGHT:  Increasing clouds, with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Low: 65.  Wind: S 10-20 mph.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy during the morning.  Clearing skies, breezy and warm during the afternoon.  High: 82.  Wind: Shifting NW 10-20 mph by noon.

FRIDAY:  Mostly sunny and warm.  Low: 60.  High: 86.  Wind:  SE 5-10 mph.

SATURDAY:  Partly cloudy and warm.  Low: 66.  High: 87.  Wind: S 10-20 mph.

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy and breezy, with a 40% chance for showers and thunderstorms.  Some storms could be severe.  Low: 69. High: 85.  Wind: S 15-20 mph.

MONDAY:  Partly cloudy and a little cooler.  Low: 60.  High: 79.  Wind: NW 10 mph.

TUESDAY:  Mostly sunny, windy, and cooler.  Low: 54.  High: 73.  Wind:  N 15-26 mph.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly sunny, windy, and cooler.  Low: 49.  High: 70.  Wind:  N 15-26 mph.

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<![CDATA[NBC 5 First Alert WX App Available Now!]]> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:12:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/First-Alert-Weather-722x406.jpg

The most trusted local weather information for Dallas-Fort Worth is now available whenever and wherever you want it.

NBC 5 First Alert Radar app is available for download for iPhone, iPad and Android and it's FREE.

Just search NBC 5 or NBC DFW in the App Store or in Google Play.

You can keep radar literally at your fingertips and zoom in on your neighborhood.

You'll also find the NBC 5 meteorologists' written and video forecasts along with weather stories from the NBC 5 news team.

Turn push notifications on when you launch the app and you'll know when severe weather is moving in.

Plus, you'll get hourly, daily and 10-day forecasts and can pinpoint your location via GPS for precise conditions as well as save favorite locations.

Download and rate the NBC 5 First Alert Weather Radar App today!

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<![CDATA[Register for NBCDFW's Closing System]]> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 19:36:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/snowflake.jpg

NBCDFW and NBC 5 offer an automated system for school and business closings and delays that can be accessed online and over the phone for school and business administrators.

Due to the size of the Metroplex, only closings and delays for schools and large businesses with more than 500 employees will air on television. The status of religious facilities, day care centers, small businesses and other establishments will only be posted on NBCDFW.com.

To register, please send an email to Sharla.Alford@nbcuni.com with the name of your institution, the main contact name, phone number and email, as well as the physical address of the school, church or business.

To see a complete listing of current closing and delays, click here.

Additionally, NBCDFW offers email and SMS alerts for school and business closings. For more information click here.

We will not sign up new clients during an inclement weather event, so please sign up before your school or business needs to use our services.

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<![CDATA[Warmer Weather Coming]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:16:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wx+image+042214.jpg Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock gives you the forecast for Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Severe Weather Possible Monday]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:17:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/041914+sunday+7day.jpg Some strong storms Sunday night and severe storms on Monday. Forecast from NBC 5 Meteorologist Remeisha Shade.]]> <![CDATA[Easter Sunday Rain Chances]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:22:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/041914+sat+7day.jpg Easter Sunday will not be a wash out but low rain and storm chances are in the forecast. A few showers are possible in the morning with the best chances west of DFW. Heading into Sunday afternoon a few showers & storms may push into parts of the Metroplex. By Sunday night scattered showers & a few storms will make it into DFW. That threat will continue into Monday morning. ]]> <![CDATA[Texas Connects Us - April 17, 2014]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:28:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas_Connects_Us_-_April_17_2014_1200x675_228907587730.jpg Bluebonnets are in bloom across North Texas, the latest viewer submissions to isee@nbcdfw.com are set to the "Texas Connects Us" song.]]> <![CDATA[NWS Warnings Delivered to Your Phone]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:26:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NWS+Text+Alerts+041614.jpg

The National Weather Service will start sending text alerts to your mobile phone if dangerous weather is near your location.

"This is a system that you don't have to sign up for anything," said Mark Fox, warning and coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office. "If you are in a tornado warning or in a flash flood warning, those alerts are going to come straight to your cellphone just like the Amber Alerts do."

The alerts, which have a different ring tone than others, will be delivered to any smartphone from the last two to three years.

The alert provides the warning and watch information as well as what you need to do to protect yourself.

The information is delivered based on what tower your mobile phone is accessing, so that no matter where you are in the country, you'll receive an alert if the tower your phone is accessing is within the warning area.

"It's a different frequency, no one is tracking your GPS, no one is selling your information," said Fox. "It's just for warning purposes and to let you know I really need to be paying attention to weather right now."

NBC 5 also provides NWS information through the free First Alert Weather app available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

Allowing location services and turning on push notifications will give you the latest NWS alerts as well.

The app gives you interactive radar literally at your fingertips which allows you to zoom in on your neighborhood.

Plus, you'll get hourly, daily and 10-day forecasts as well as NBC 5 meteorologists' written and video forecasts and weather news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

To get the NBC 5 First Alert Weather app for free, just search NBC 5 or NBC DFW in the App Store or in Google Play or click the links below:

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<![CDATA[Your Easter Photos - 2014]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:07:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Easter+Thumb+041714.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared their Easter photos.]]> <![CDATA[North Texans Cover Up Plants in Anticipation of Record Cold]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:42:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cold-weather-cover-plants.jpg

This is the time of year when North Texans typically see spring blooms, but many are dealing with a rare cold snap that can put those blooms at risk.

The Dallas Arboretum covered many of its flowers Monday night before the temperatures dipped into the 30s.

Horticulturists at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden said they weren't concerned about many of their flowering plants because they haven't yet planted the summer annuals.

"Frankly the reason we haven’t yet planted our summer material is because we’ve been busy with special events, and the nurseries, the wholesale suppliers, have been delayed in their production," said Steve Huddleston, horticulturist with the garden. "Right, as it turns out, it’s been a lucky turn of events this week"

Huddleston said the plants were unlikely to be hurt due to the record cold.

“The plants that we do have in the ground are the plants that can take the lower temperatures, can handle a light frost”

Many local nurseries catered to a last-minute rush of customers looking for plant covers.

Experts always suggest cloth covers, not plastic, and watering the soil around your plants before a potential freeze.

Brad Masters of Arlington told NBC 5 that he had planted $200 worth of flowers last weekend in anticipation the spring temperatures were here to stay.

“We were in shorts and tank tops and it was nice weekend 80 degrees. Then they say it was supposed to be freezing on Monday night or Tuesday, so that was quite a shock. I didn't expect it one bit.” 

That echoes with Huddleston saw during spring plant sales at the botanic garden.

“People have spring fever. We had great attendance at our spring plant sale. People were eager to buy plants for this season. So I think everybody’s ready for warmer weather to stay”

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<![CDATA[Bluebonnets in Bloom - Gallery II]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:07:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/226*120/0b692f76f02b4ce8a75e812e33f8c966.jpg NBC 5 viewers share their photos of bluebonnets in bloom in North Texas.]]> <![CDATA[Dotty Woodson: Grasses That Require Little Water]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:31:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dotty1.jpg Texas Agrilife Specialist Dotty Woodson talked with NBC 5's Chris Van Horne about lawn grasses that require little water. ]]> <![CDATA[Freeze Warning in Effect Until Tuesday Morning]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:56:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/forecast-lows.jpg

A cold front has brought snow to the Texas Panhandle, hail to the central part of the state and forecasts for freezing conditions accompanied by strong winds to North Texas.

Much of North Texas remains under a wind advisory until 9 p.m. and a freeze warning until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

NBC 5 meteorologist Remeisha Shade said strong northerly winds gusting to 40 mph will continue to push in cold air and that the high Monday is only expected to climb into the 50s.

"The skies should clear later this evening and provide good viewing for the lunar eclipse after midnight," Shade said. "Tuesday morning will be cold with some locations experiencing the latest freeze on record, especially north and west of DFW. Milder weather returns later this week, but the 70s won't return until Thursday."

A freeze warning means these conditions may kill sensitive plants and residents are advised to protect tender vegetation. Automatic sprinkler systems should also be turned off to avoid creating ice patches on nearby roads, driveways and sidewalks.

Ron McQueen, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Lubbock, said temperatures Sunday in West Texas were in the 80s, but then plummeted into the evening. A half-inch of snow fell on Amarillo and other areas.

McQueen said temperatures in South Texas will drop Monday from the 80s down to the 50s with winds of 30 mph.

Strong thunderstorms and hail moved through Central Texas on Monday and will extend into the Houston area.

In addition to the Dallas area, San Antonio areas saw temperatures drop into the 40s overnight Sunday.

<![CDATA[Severe Weather Likely This Weekend]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:50:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/riley3.jpg Meteorologist Lindsay Riley gives you the forecast for Friday, April 11, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Denton County Leader Wants More Severe Weather Warnings]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:03:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Denton-car-damage.jpg

A Denton County EMS worker is asking for new tools to help folks get advanced warning in severe weather, as the county deals with millions in damage from the last storm.

Denton County's Emergency Management Coordinator, Jody Gonzalez, said more needs to be done to improve severe weather response in the area following a big hailstorm in the area the evening of April 3.

Gonzalez wants to expand use of the "Code Red" emergency alert system to the entire county.

Right now, Gonzalez said several cities like Denton and Krum use the system, but he wants to see it available to residents across the county — including in the unincorporated areas.

Gonzalez said "Code Red" sends text message alerts to subscribers warning them of dangerous situations like severe weather.

"It would be another tool in our kit," said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez plans to bring a proposal before the Denton County Commissioners Court next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, residents throughout the county are dealing with the costs from the waves of hail and severe storms that hit last Thursday; mainly in the North Denton area.

The Insurance Council of Texas estimated that the storm caused about $300 million in insured losses in the county. The ICT also estimated that approximately 24,000 vehicles and 12,000 homes were damaged across the county.

As of Thursday morning, many folks in Denton were meeting with repair workers and insurance agents to figure out just how much they’d be dealing with.

"My wife's car was $8,000 and my car was close to $6,000,” said Vincent Sudbeck, of Denton, who was now dealing with the damage on his son’s car as well.

Sudbeck said he will also be paying for a nearly totaled roof on his home and several broken windows, light fixtures and other items on and around his house.

"A nightmare,” Sudbeck said. “Even swimming pool damage. It was really just not a good day."

Another Denton resident getting his truck repaired Thursday reported damage to three cars, his home and a home he rents out. He said the final price tag would likely be close to $20,000. He was unsure how much of that would be covered by insurance and what would have to come out of pocket.

Lance Johnson of Certified National Hail Team brought his mobile repair unit to Denton from Waxahachie to help deal with all of the storm damaged vehicles.

"I would say we'll be here for a couple of months. That's how much damage there's been,” said Johnson.

So far, Johnson’s quotes for hail repair have been averaging between $1,200 and $8,000, but he said he’s seen several already that are beyond repair.

Johnson recommends people take their time to coordinate between insurance and repair shops to avoid paying high out-of-pocket costs. Johnson's team uses paintless repair as often as possible to keep the cost down. 

Gonzalez said a lot of that property damage is unavoidable — especially when the area got hit by three hail storms within a few hours.

Gonzalez hopes a push for more advanced warning systems will give people more time to prepare and maybe even move a car into a garage to avoid damage. The real push though, he said, is saving lives.

Gonzalez also recommends residents invest in a weather radio if they don’t already own one. He said the warning tool is, in his opinion, just as important to have in your home as smoke detectors.

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<![CDATA[Warm Weekend, Rain Possible]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:07:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/david+image+thurs.jpg Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock gives you the forecast for Thursday, April 10, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Hail, Tornadoes Cause $300M in Insured Losses]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:59:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/storm-chopper.jpg

The Insurance Council of Texas estimates that last week's hailstorm and tornado outbreak caused about $300 million in insured losses.

Storms pushing across the northern part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex peppered homes, cars and other property with hailstones as large as softballs. The storms also spawned three confirmed tornadoes —  one each in Collin, Hunt and Hopkins counties.

The National Weather Service confirmed the following information from last Thursday's storm.

  • Tornado (EF0 — wind up to 85 mph) — Princeton (Collin County) with an estimated peak winds of 85 mph.  The tornado width was about 40 yards with a length of 1.2 miles.
  • Tornado (EF1 — wind up to 110 mph) — Near Merit/Greenville (Hunt County) with an estimated peak wind of 110 mph. The tornado width was 750 yards with a length of 11.1 miles. Four people were injured  during this event.
  • Tornado (EF1 — wind up to 110 mph) — Near Tira (Hopkins County) with an estimated peak wind of 105 mph. The tornado width was 250 yards with a length of a half-mile.
  • Hail — Denton    4.25"
  • Hail — 2 North of Denton 2.75"
  • Hail — Aubrey    2.75"
  • Hail — Frisco    2"
  • Hail — 3 NW McKinney    2"
  • Hail — Allen    2"
  • Wind Gust — Denton Municipal Airport — 82 mph

The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) estimated approximately 24,000 vehicles and 12,000 homes were damaged in the storm. 

Losses from those who did not have insurance are not included in that estimate.

"Insurance companies are moving as quickly as possible in assessing the damage to everyone's property in the area.  Once the damage has been determined, we highly recommend that policyholders turn to local businesses for their auto and home repairs," said Mark Hanna, ITC spokesman.

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<![CDATA[Warm Up Headed Our Way]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:14:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wx+image+for+040814.jpg Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock brings you the forecast for Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Unanimously Passes Water Restrictions Plan]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:54:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/water-sprinkler-091411.jpg

Twice-a-week watering restrictions for Fort Worth residents will become permanent, after the City Council passed the measure by a vote of 7-0 Tuesday night.

Council members have had a week to think it over after delaying a decision at the last council meeting. Many homeowners showed up to the meeting to express their frustration over the proposed new ordinance.

The ordinance will limit watering to two specific days each week depending if an address is an odd or even number. Those days are locked in — either Wednesday and Saturday, or Thursday and Sunday.

Many residents asked for more flexibility in choosing their two days of the week for watering. Others asked how the new ordinance would be enforced. Some council members questioned if it’s an unfair burden on homes without automatic sprinklers.

NBC 5's Holley Ford contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[Warmer Temps and Rain Coming]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:14:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/df+7+day+for+web.jpg Chief Meteorologist David Finfock gives you the forecast for Monday, April 7, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Bluebonnets in Bloom - Gallery I]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:54:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Steer+in+Bluebonnets.jpg NBC 5 viewers share their photos of bluebonnets in bloom in North Texas.]]> <![CDATA[Wet Sunday Ahead]]> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 18:44:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/197*120/040514+Saturday+PM+wx.jpg On Sunday, periods of rain will be present during the morning and afternoon hours. We're looking at 0.25 to 0.5" of new rainfall across NTX. Those showers will taper off Sunday night and give way to a mainly dry week with moderating temperatures.]]> <![CDATA[Denton Man Recounts Being Hit by Huge Hail]]> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 00:01:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hail-injury.jpg

A Denton man thought he needed to go to the hospital after he was hit by a softball-sized piece of hail Thursday, but ended up with just a bad bruise.

Cash Cooper had just picked up his 7-year-old son from school when hail the size of softballs started dropping from the sky.

"It was hitting. It was really loud,” Copper said. “My little dog jumped on the floorboard and she went under the seat."

He said he rolled down his window for a second to try to snap a photo and also because he thought his window was about to shatter.

He never had the chance to take a picture.

A piece of hail hit him on his left side, leaving a black-and-blue bruise.

"It just came curved and straight through and hit me in the side,” Cooper said. "It felt like my kidney ruptured, really. I mean, I thought I was going to the hospital. It was bad."

Cooper's car is full of dents, including a big one on the roof right above the driver’s seat.

"If that was my head I'd probably be dead,” he said.

The same hail storm damaged a Wal-Mart in Denton and the roof of a dormitory building at the University of North Texas.
Meanwhile, windshield repair companies in Denton have more business than they can handle.

"I'm trying to help people and make money,” said one repairman.

Cooper said his experience has given him a new respect for Mother Nature.

"It reminds you every once in a while how small you are,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Tornado Rips Through Collin County]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:32:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ken+image.jpg The first of four tornadoes to touch down Thursday night was in the Collin County community of Princeton. It was on the ground for about a mile and was 40-yards wide.

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<![CDATA[National Weather Service Surveys Storm Damage]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:25:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/XMKhLZdHNPJBixaqVxDp-2-1244688147000.jpg NBC 5 Meteorologist Lindsay Riley was out with the National Weather Service inspectors to survey the storm damage in Denton.

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<![CDATA[Consumer Reports: Homeowner Insurance]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:15:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CR.jpg Nearly 10,000 Consumer Reports subscribers responded to a home insurance survey. They were asked to rate their home insurer. See what Consumer Reports found.

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<![CDATA[Cooler Weekend Weather, Rain Coming]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:17:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/seven+day+040414.jpg Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock gives you the forecast for Friday, April 4, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Chopper 5 Over Tornado, Wind Damage]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:26:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sulphur-spgs-tornado-wind-damage-02.jpg Chopper 5 takes a look at damage caused by wind and tornadoes during severe storms on April 3, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Three Confirmed Tornadoes Spawned Thursday]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:03:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tom-fox-dmn-lightning-cowboys-stadium.jpg

Severe thunderstorms are believed to have spawned three tornadoes in North Texas Thursday, while peppering Denton and Collin counties with hail as large as softballs.

The National Weather Service confirmed the following information from last Thursday's storm.

  • Tornado (EF0 — wind up to 85 mph) — Princeton (Collin County) with an estimated peak winds of 85 mph.  The tornado width was about 40 yards with a length of 1.2 miles.
  • Tornado (EF1 — wind up to 110 mph) — Near Merit/Greenville (Hunt County) with an estimated peak wind of 110 mph. The tornado width was 750 yards with a length of 11.1 miles. Four people were injured  during this event.
  • Tornado (EF1 — wind up to 110 mph) — Near Tira (Hopkins County) with an estimated peak wind of 105 mph. The tornado width was 250 yards with a length of a half-mile.
  • Hail — Denton    4.25"
  • Hail — 2 North of Denton 2.75"
  • Hail — Aubrey    2.75"
  • Hail — Frisco    2"
  • Hail — 3 NW McKinney    2"
  • Hail — Allen    2"
  • Wind Gust — Denton Municipal Airport — 82 mph

The Hunt County Sheriff's Office confirms four people were hurt as a result of Thursday night's severe weather, though no updates have been given on the severity of the injuries. There were no fatalities reported.

The Denton County Sheriff's Office and National Weather Service retracted a previous report that the storm spawned a tornado that touched down near Krum. As the first wave of the storm passed through Denton County, the Denton Municipal Airport recorded gusts of 82 mph; that wind speed is equivalent to an EF-0 tornado.

There have been widespread and varying reports of damage including utility poles toppled, tree limbs downed and fences leveled. There have been reports of homes and roofs being damaged by the storms, including two homes that are "gone" in Hunt County.

Throughout the evening NBC 5 storm spotters reported hail ranging in size from quarter-sized to softball-sized, including some that shattered car windows in Denton.

The National Weather Service reports hail of 3 1/2-inch diameters and larger fell along U.S. 380 north of downtown Denton around 4 p.m. Denton city spokeswoman Lindsay Baker said reports of broken windows and windshields and other hail damage were widespread. (Photos are available in the slideshows above.)

Oncor reports less than 600 storm-related outages across the Metroplex as of 5 a.m. Friday.

All weather warnings issued were allowed to expire at 9 p.m. Thursday except for a small tornado warning near eastern Hunt County and western Delta County that expired at 9:15 p.m. The tornado watch across North Texas expired for most of the Metroplex at 9 p.m., though it was extended until 4 a.m. Friday for some of the eastern counties and East Texas.

Get up-to-the-minute weather information in our Weather app, available for iOS and Android. Click here for more information and to download.

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<![CDATA[Injuries, Home Damage From Possible Tornado in Hunt County]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 23:38:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/storm-damage-in-hunt-county.jpg Firefighters are clearing road debris and helping injured residents in Celeste after a possible tornado touched down Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[Hail, Storm Damage at UNT in Denton]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:44:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UNT-damage.jpg The City of Denton is assessing the damage caused by Thursday night's severe weather. Damaged cars and roofs were seen all across the University of North Texas campus.]]> <![CDATA[Severe Weather in North Texas]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:06:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/david+7day.jpg Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock gives you the forecast for Thursday, April 03, 2014.

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<![CDATA[NBC 5 Viewer Storm Photos]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:31:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tree-down3.jpg Storm photo from NBC 5 viewers for April 3, 2014.

Photo Credit: Chris Benavides, NBC 5 Viewer]]>
<![CDATA[Storms Likely Today]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:57:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/riley+7day.jpg Meteorologist Lindsay Riley gives you the forecast for Thursday, April 3, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Spring Storms Likely ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:40:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-00021.jpg Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock gives you the forecast for Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Water We're Waiting For]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:55:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flick-pray-for-rain-040214.jpg

While the most populous four counties of North Texas sit at "severe drought" levels according to the National Drought Mitigation Center, "extreme drought" conditions are creeping into the North Texas area -- and, without rain, significant challenges won't be far behind.

The National Weather Service's March report on drought conditions highlighted the lack of precipitation in the area as three area lakes fell to record lows and drought conditions continued.

"The lack of precipitation has resulted in a rapid expansion of drought conditions," the NWS report states. "The water levels at Lake Granbury, Lake Nocona, and Lake Ray Hubbard are all at record lows."

NWS forecasters emphasize that any rain will be crucial to North Texas' water supply.

"The rainfall during the next few months will be crucial for area reservoirs. Much of the region remains mired in a significant hydrologic drought and considerable rainfall will be needed to prevent another Summer with water supply concerns," the report continues. "Unfortunately, long range outlooks do not favor a wetter than normal spring."

"With little to suggest that drought-busting rains are likely, drought conditions are likely to persist into the upcoming Summer," the report said.

In short, pray for rain.

Major Cities Enact Watering Limits

A twice-per-week limit on landscape watering continues in Dallas and Fort Worth. But cities are working on other plans to reduce water use in their areas.

The City of Dallas made the landscape watering restriction permanent in November of 2013, but Fort Worth delayed their decision after a last-minute appeal on Tuesday.

During Dallas' decision in 2013, Mayor Mike Rawlings said he would try to push the water conservation efforts with his counterparts in other cities.

"I've talked to my fellow mayors about this, and we have got to step up in a major way," Rawlings said. "We just can't kind of keep our heads in the sand on this issue."

Starting April 1, Dallas has re-started a daytime restriction on using traditional sprinklers.

Areas served by the Tarrant Regional Water District only allow watering by hand between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

District Extends Watering Restrictions

Stage 3 water restrictions have been extended through April for cities serviced by the North Texas Municipal Water District.

The NTMWD is facing a crucial water shortage due to the drought.

Lavon Lake, the NTMWD’s primary water supply, is currently 12.32 feet below conservation pool level, according to information released by the district. Other lakes used by the district  are also below normal levels: Jim Chapman Lake is 12.58 feet low; Lake Tawakoni is 9.75 feet low; and Lake Texoma is 8.56 feet low.

Under Stage 3 Seasonal Watering, residents are only be allowed to water their lawns twice per month with irrigation systems and sprinklers. Those with addresses that end in an even number will be allowed to water their landscape on the 1st and 3rd Saturday, at any time of day. Those with addresses that end in an odd number will be allowed to water their landscape on the 1st and 3rd Sunday, at any time of day.

Soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems can continue to be used for up to two hours per day for foundations, trees and other ornamental landscaping as needed.

Anyone found to be in violation of the restrictions could face a $150 fine.

The NTMWD serves the following member cities: Allen, Farmersville, Forney, Frisco, Garland, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Princeton, Richardson, Rockwall, Royse City and Wylie. Additionally, the NTMWD lists the following towns as customers: Bonham, Caddo Basin SUD, Cash SUD, College Mound WSC, Copeville SUD, Crandall (Kaufman Four-One), East Fork SUD, Fairview, Fate, Forney Lake WSC, Gastonia-Scurry SUD, Greater Texoma Utility Authority (GTUA), Josephine, Kaufman, Kaufman Four-One, Lavon W.S.C., Little Elm, Lucas, Melissa, Milligan WSC, Mount Zion WSC, Murphy, Nevada WSC, North Collin WSC, Parker, Prosper, Rose, Hill SUD, Rowlett, Sachse, Seis Lagos UD, Sunnyvale, Terrell and Wylie Northeast SUD.

To see a list of exemptions, visit The North Texas Municipal Water District online, here.

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<![CDATA[Spring Storms Headed Our Way]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:14:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/finfrock+7+day+today.jpg NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist, David Finfrock, gives you the forecast for Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Storms Coming to North Texas]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:38:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/web7day71.jpg Meteorologist Remeisha Shade gives you the forecast for Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Storm Chances Return This Week]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:02:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/033014+7dayforecast.jpg Changes are in store this week as we'll have to deal with multiple chances for storms. Storm chances will remain low early this week with a slight chance Monday near the Red River. A few storms will also be possible Tuesday mainly west of Fort Worth. Storm chances will increase especially on Wednesday and Thursday where we are looking at a 40% chance. On Thursday, some of the afternoon storms could be strong to severe. ]]> <![CDATA[Wonderful Weekend Continues]]> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:26:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/209*120/032914+Saturday+7Day.jpg Overall, Sunday will be more windy than Saturday but it will still be pleasant. We do have a couple of storm chances this week, but the best chance will arrive on Wednesday afternoon/evening. ]]> <![CDATA[NWS Issues Severe Thunderstorm Watch]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 05:57:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/first-alert-032814-505p.jpg

As a strong line of spring storms pushed through the Metroplex Friday afternoon, The National Weather Service issued several severe weather watches and alerts for much of North Texas.

The NWS issued a Flash Flood Warning for Delta, Fannin, Hunt counties until 7:45 p.m.

The NWS has also issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the following counties until 7 p.m.: Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Parker, Rains, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, Van Zandt.

NBC 5 received reports of up to golf ball-sized hail as the storms passed.

NBC 5 meteorologists forecasted strong to severe storms were possible Friday afternoon with the primary threats being large hail and damaging winds.

East of the Metroplex, the storms will continue until around 9 p.m., meteorologist Lindsay Riley said in her forecast.

This weekend, Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock expects a gorgeous weekend with sunshine and temperatures in the 70s both Saturday and Sunday.