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Overnight storms in North Texas aren't expected to bring much relief for areas impacted by wildfire

A field burning from a Texas wildfire.
Spring Fire Department
A wildfire near Abilene was causing a smoke smell in Houston on Friday, March 18, 2022.

This week’s rainy weather isn’t expected to relieve parts of the North Texas region that have been ravaged by wildfires.

A line of storms early this week is bringing much-needed rain to parts of North Texas where dry, windy conditions have led to wildfires such as the Eastland complex fire west of Fort Worth, but it’s not likely to deliver relief from drought conditions.

Juan Hernández at the National Weather Service said the storms have a chance of becoming severe.

“The main threat as storms move across the Metroplex will be damaging winds,” Hernández said. “We can't rule out some hail as well or even some brief spin of tornadoes along the line of storms.”

Hernández said the location of any potential tornadoes is unknown but North Texas residents should be prepared.

The storms are expected to bring up to half an inch of rain but Hernández said it won’t bring enough rain to break a drought.

“Usually into the spring season, we start to see the grasses becoming green. Overall that green grass leads to lower threat of fires but without significant rainfall, that's being a bit delayed,” Hernández said.

The storms will then move east and conditions are expected to be drier by mid-week.

More than half of the state and much of North Texas is experiencing a moderate to severe drought.

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Pablo Arauz Peña is the Growth and Infrastructure Reporter for KERA News.