Lightning

Severe storms are headed our way, but they should pale in comparison to those of this past week.

Monique Sellers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said rain and lightning will likely find its way to Denton County by Tuesday night, but it will almost certainly hit Wednesday morning.

“Actually, early tomorrow morning,” Sellers said Tuesday. “And we’re talking right around sunrise.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, the weather service was basing projections on the likelihood that several smaller storms would converge to form a complex of storms in the Panhandle in the evening. That larger storm is what those in Denton County can expect to make their morning commute a touch more harrowing.

“It’s going to be kind of rough for lots of people,” Sellers said.

She predicted that anywhere from a half-inch to an inch and a half of rain should fall in the county in a fairly short amount of time.

Even with a chance for an isolated tornado across North Texas and the possibility of hail, the chance of rain is the biggest concern for meteorologists, Sellers said.

“Even that can do some serious damage,” she said.

Depending on how the storm eventually makes its way east, Denton residents might see wind speeds easily exceeding 50 mph, with gusts up to 70 mph.

The rest of the week will see a slight chance of showers through Thursday, with chances increasing to 40% Friday night and 50% Saturday, with highs in the low 70s, according to the weather service. Sunday is expected to be partly sunny with a high in the upper 70s.

Ryan Adams, spokesman for the city, said Denton readers will also not hear the typical weather siren testing at noon Wednesday. He said the next siren test will be delayed until June 5.

MARSHALL REID can be reached at 940-566-6862 and via Twitter at @MarshallKReid.

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