The environment is prime for severe weather, says Monique Sellers, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
The leading edge of a cold front could prompt a storm or two around midday Wednesday, May 29, before a cluster of storms heads to the area, Sellers said.
She said if any storms form ahead of the cluster, there is potential for a tornado or two.
The NWS said they are “pretty confident” the area will see strong to severe storms Wednesday afternoon.
The chance for heavy rainfall is high. At 7 a.m. today, a flood watch for Cooke County will go into effect, according to Sellers. The watch will last until 7 a.m. Thursday, May 30.
She said any places that recently flooded should be a cause for concern.
Gainesville is expected to see two inches of rain, but some areas could see as much as five inches depending on how the system moves through, according to Sellers.
“It could cause an issue pretty quickly,” she said.
In addition to rain, storms could bring hail up to an inch in size and strong winds out of the northwest ranging from 60 to 70 mph.
Sellers said the cold front isn't going to bring a big change to current temperatures.
“It'll instigate some storms but not much else,” Sellers said while adding that temps will remain in the 80s.
The severe weather threat is predicted to move out of the area as the cold front “sags further south,” Sellers said.