Dallas County

Tornado Watch Issued for Eastern North Texas Until 9 P.M.

The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch until 9 p.m. Friday for portions of Eastern North Texas, East Texas, Northwest Louisiana and Southeast Oklahoma.

In the NBC 5 viewing area, the following counties are under the Tornado Watch: Anderson, Delta, Falls, Freestone, Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Leon, Limestone, Navarro, Rains, Robertson and Van Zandt. According to the NWS, the primary threats include heavy downpours, a couple of tornadoes are possible, scattered large hail with isolated very large hail events and scattered damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph.

Storms began developing over Dallas and Collin counties around 12:30 p.m. and quickly began pushing east-northeast into Rockwall and Hunt Counties.

The greatest threat for severe weather Friday afternoon is expected to be south of Interstate 30 and east of I-35/I-35E.

Storms that developed before 2 p.m. included reports of hail ranging in size from pennies to nickles.

With the high wind today, the grass-fire danger will become elevated, especially to the west of DFW. Temperatures will soar into the 80s this afternoon with the warm wind and sunshine.

Saturday's weather looks beautiful with sunshine and not much wind. By Sunday, a good chance of thunderstorms returns for the late afternoon.

Next week it's not out of the question to see temperatures get close to 90 early in the week. Additional thunderstorms will be possible by the latter portion of the week.

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