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An employee at Barley & Board on the downtown Denton Square clears silverware and plates from outside tables after thunderstorms rolled through North Texas in August.

The National Weather Service is forecasting thunderstorms over the weekend throughout North Texas, including Denton County.

The storms beginning Friday night are expected to spill about an inch to an inch and a half of rain in most areas of the region through Sunday morning, NWS meteorologist Jason Godwin said Thursday. He said 2 or 3 inches of rain is not out of the question in some parts.

Showers and thunderstorms over West Texas will move into the North Texas region late Friday night or early Saturday morning, Godwin said, giving about an 80 percent chance for thunderstorms in areas, including Denton County on Saturday.

He said wind gusts are forecast to be in the 10- to 15-mph range.

But winds could reach upward of 30 mph, depending on the severity of the thunderstorms in the region.

“Really, anywhere in North Texas will be fair game to see some of these stronger thunderstorms,” Godwin said.

The weather service says meteorologists do not expect major flooding in Denton County during the storms over the weekend.

Godwin said since the region has experienced a dry spell, only minor flooding is expected, in the usual areas that flood in towns when rain comes.

“It’d take quite a bit of rain to get anything widespread going,” he said.

And the question on the minds of Texans: Will we have any more cold weather? Godwin said, while it’s not out of the question, nothing on the NWS scopes indicate a spring cold front.

“There’s nothing that really looks like a smoking gun for a really late cold-air snap right now,” Godwin said.

Next week’s forecast shows warm temperatures reaching into the 80s.

DALTON LAFERNEY can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @dalton laferney.

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