North Texas faces a double threat of wildfires and storms in the early part of this week.
Fire danger will be elevated Monday and extreme Tuesday, especially across North Texas and southern Oklahoma.
A combination of high temperatures, low relative humidity and dry winds will set the stage for tinderbox conditions.
Already in March, nearly 123,000 acres have burned across the state, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. Some of that damage has occurred in North Texas.
Also on Tuesday, a cold front will push across the region, bringing a risk of severe thunderstorms.
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Wichita Falls is in a large area of the nation’s midsection placed at Slight Risk for severe storms.
The Storm Prediction Center said large hail and damaging winds can be expected across the region. A couple of tornadoes may also occur.
More rain would be welcome as North Texas remains mired in drought.
Forecasters’ greatest concerns are on Wednesday when conditions will be ripe for a significant severe weather outbreak from far east Texas through Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
The SPC warns an outbreak of strong tornadoes is possible.
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