Clouds over C.H. Collins

Ominous-looking clouds over C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, accompanied by scud clouds and maybe some innocuous cold air funnels, brought heavy rains Saturday morning as a squall line moved across Denton.

Severe storms came through Denton on Saturday morning and afternoon but residents can expect a dry, sunnier Sunday.

Denton experienced thunderstorms, some hail, power outages and more than 2 inches of rain Saturday as storms moved in from west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.

Squall line

The leading edge of a spring squall line moves between C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, right, and the tall Texas Woman’s University dormitories in the distance as the storm crosses Denton County on Saturday morning.

Temperatures will stay in the mid-60s for the rest of Saturday and low 60s in the evening, said Patricia Sanchez, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. The temperature will go up to the mid-80s Sunday.

“As [the storm] moves east, tomorrow it should be a nice and dry day for all of us,” Sanchez said.

The Little Elm area saw hail ranging from dime-sized to quarter-sized. The National Weather Service was still assessing flooding Saturday afternoon, but Sanchez said they’re expecting it in some areas.

The storm hit Denton around 11 a.m. and brought 1.42 inches of rain in the first hour, according to the weather service. Rain levels went up to 2.33 inches by 3 p.m.

Weather

Motorists navigate flooded roads at North Lakes Park on Saturday, when a storm brought rain, lighting and strong winds to North Texas.

Jody Gonzalez, Denton County Emergency Services coordinator, said there were three or four structure fires from lightning strikes. He said U.S. Highway 377 south of Argyle was shut down for a bit.

Gonzalez said emergency services would be working with the weather service for the next eight to 12 hours to assess how much rain fell. His department had not received any reports of property damage by 3 p.m.

Power outages were reported in several parts of Denton, including an outage affecting 2,778 customers in northwest Denton around 1 p.m., according to Denton Municipal Electric.

ZAIRA PEREZ can be reached via Twitter at @zairalperez.

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