Storms Drop Several Inches of Rain on DFW

Parts of North Texas receive more than 4 inches of rain

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012  |  Updated 6:29 PM CDT
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Strong Storms Blow Through N. Texas

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Tuesday is the first day of spring, so its fitting that the sun is shining just hours after severe thunderstorms dropped 3 to 4 inches of rain across the Metroplex.

So, just how much rain fell over the last 24 hours?

Preliminary rainfall totals show 4.37 inches at Dallas Executive Airport while only 3.57 inches fell at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. At Fort Worth Meacham, 3.22 inches fell, while 3.94 inches fell in Arlington. In McKinney, 4.33 inches were recorded.

That rainfall is causing swelling as runoff continues to fill creeks and rivers. Drivers are advised to excise caution when driving on low-lying roadways covered with water.

While most of the rain has moved on, the chance for scattered showers remains. A flash flood watch remains in effect for Dallas and Collin counties until 7 p.m. While flooding is widespread across the Metroplex, water should start to recede in the afternoon and evening.

"Scattered light rain showers stay in the forecast this afternoon and evening across the Metroplex. A few showers may also develop Wednesday, but heavy rain is not expected. Drier weather builds in Thursday through Sunday," said NBC 5 Meteorologist Remeisha Shade.

The affect of the rain on area lakes and reservoirs will take a couple of days to determine.

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