Local outdoor warning sirens will be activated and weather radios will issue a simulated tornado warning.
Storms will be more likely to the east and south toward Missouri and Oklahoma.
"This tornado watch is deemed a Potentially Dangerous Situation watch so folks are urged to have a plan for shelter and be aware of any warnings issued for their locations", a National Weather Service statement says. These storms will move quickly to the northeast and exit the area Friday evening.
Two tornado drills scheduled today, April 12, are created to refresh, remind and educate residents about the seasonal threats from severe weather.
Meteorologists said this morning that the risk of severe weather has shifted slightly westward and now includes all of the Dallas-Fort Worth region and areas along and east of the Interstate 35 corridor.More news: China's Xi renews vow to open economy, cut tariffs
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He said the frontal system could arrive as early as Saturday morning.
According to NWS forecasts early Friday afternoon, severe storms capable of producing large hail and damaging winds were expected to develop and pass through the area Friday afternoon and evening. Moisture remnants may be frozen so I can't rule out a touch of sleet, rain/snow mix or wet snow for periods on Saturday. It has certainly kept the severe weather risk at bay for much of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas so far.
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"Friday should be a great day with some windy conditions", he said.