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Weather Update For Solar Eclipse In North Texas

Minor cloud cover could impact eclipse visibility

As we prepare to see the solar eclipse, storms are beginning to move in, potentially causing some hazards to eclipse watchers. 

According to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, those in North Texas can expect a potentially severe escalation in storm activity later this afternoon into tonight. 

The eclipse's path will unfold across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, commencing at approximately 1:39:56 p.m., gradually enveloping Fort Worth and Dallas around 1:40:12 p.m. and subsequently extending to Plano. By approximately 1:41:35 p.m., the spectacle will reach Frisco, followed closely by McKinney at 1:41:48 p.m. The duration of totality is expected to last up to an impressive 4 minutes and 27 seconds.

Shortly following the eclipse, the focus shifts to a significant severe weather threat encompassing large hail, damaging winds, tornadoes and flooding — all potential hazards. Tonight, the hail threat across all of North Texas is substantial, with the potential for hail to reach the size of golf balls and even softballs.

Although conditions may appear unfavorable between 9-11 a.m. this morning, the National Weather Service anticipates some low clouds to dissipate before the eclipse. High-level clouds are expected to remain sparse in many areas. 

On Tuesday, April 9, additional storms are expected to pass through North Texas — potentially causing issues for travelers. A flood watch was issued for eastern counties, effective from this evening through Wednesday morning, where the heaviest rainfall is anticipated. Widespread rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are probable across North Texas.

It's imperative to have a safety plan in place, especially if you're traveling, and ensure you have multiple means of receiving alerts. The weather service reminds those camping or outdoors for the eclipse to remain vigilant and to seek shelter if needed.

For the most safety, seek refuge in the interior of the building on its lower level. Avoid windows and shield yourself with blankets and pillows. Aim to have as many walls as possible between you and the exterior.

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