Two days of steady rain this week have swamped Dallas-Fort Worth and made short work of a moderate drought.
By Wednesday evening, DFW International Airport had recorded more than 3 1/2 inches of rain in the past two days, with three more days of wet weather still to come, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
That amounts to just more than 5 inches for the year at the airport, well above normal. Just a few days ago, there was a 1-inch deficit, and grass fires were a major concern.
Flooding continued to be the biggest danger Wednesday for Dallas and Collin, among other eastern counties, with a flood advisory in effect until midnight.
To the west, a winter weather advisory, in effect until noon Thursday, replaced a more severe ice storm warning. Some schools shut down for the day as a result.
Temperatures fell into the 20s in some parts of Wise County, and iced-over roads were a problem in Jacksboro and other areas.
— Seth Voorhees NBC 5 (@SethVoorheesTV) February 21, 2018
— Ben Russell (@BenRussellNBC5) February 21, 2018
Most of Dallas-Fort Worth was expected to dodge the ice Wednesday, but Thursday could be a different story, with a potential for icy conditions in western Tarrant County and Denton.
“I don’t expect any rain overnight,” KXAS-TV (NBC5) chief meteorologist Rick Mitchell said as the rain tapered off Wednesday evening, “but the next batch arrives tomorrow morning.”
Dallas residents can expect temperatures to stay above freezing Thursday morning and rise into the mid-40s as another soggy day comes and goes.
And there’s even more rain was in the forecast through Saturday.
According to NBC5 meteorologists, Friday was expected to be another big rain day, with chances near 100 percent and high temperatures in the low 60s.
“Then on Saturday, we’ve got another front pushing in with maybe some pretty good thunderstorms,” senior meteorologist David Finfrock said.
Temperatures are expected to approach 70 by the end of the week, and North Texas should begin to dry out by Sunday.
But on Wednesday, high water continued to cause problems, with reports of at least one search for a car seen floating down the Trinity River near Great Trinity Forest Way and Interstate 20 in southeast Oak Cliff. Dallas Fire-Rescue suspended its search around 1 p.m. because of rising water. The vehicle had not been located.
In Frisco, about 2 million gallons overflowed from three sewage manholes west of the Stewart Creek wastewater treatment plant beginning Tuesday and lasting into Wednesday, city officials said.
The overflows occurred because of an undetected power failure at the plant. The sanitary issues had no impact on the city’s drinking water, which is still safe, officials said.
The city expected to have the runoff contained by the end of Wednesday, officials said. Power at the plant was restored by 5:45 a.m. Wednesday.
In McKinney, fire crews rescued four people from cars swept away by flooding in Towne Lake Park. Two walked out on their own while the other two were brought in by boat.
Authorities closed roads around the park because the area is prone to flood during heavy rains.
Late Tuesday, Dallas Fire-Rescue crews rescued a woman who was trapped on top of her vehicle at Interstate 635 and Park Central Drive, near White Rock Creek in North Dallas. She was not hospitalized.
On Tuesday, Dallas Fire-Rescue reported 20 emergency calls for water rescues, mostly for drivers whose vehicles entered high water and stalled, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said.
“I didn’t even know it was up here. I just got stuck on this curb,” Carla Thomas told NBC5.
Thomas was eventually rescued from her stranded car by a tow-truck driver, NBC5 reported.
Godley Fire and Cleburne Fire saved a life this morning when a car driving through these flood waters got stuck. Cleburne broke the front windshield out just in time to get the victim as the car got swept downstream. You can see the fender in the second pic. pic.twitter.com/VRsmKAKouj
— Johnson County EM (@jocotx_em) February 21, 2018
The weather was also blamed for a crash that shut down Interstate 35W near Altamesa Boulevard around 3 a.m. Wednesday in Fort Worth. An 18-wheeler lost control, hit a retaining wall and spilled fuel on the highway.
The driver was not hurt, but the interstate was shut down until 6:30 a.m.
5:05 pm Tuesday….Very heavy rain falling in the DFW metro. Rain amounts if 1.5 to 2.5" being reported. Flood Advisory for Denton, Collin, Dallas & Tarrant counties. Watch for flooding in poor drainage areas. #dfwwx #nbcdfwweather pic.twitter.com/pO8lMMKH3u
— Rick Mitchell (@RickMitchellWX) February 20, 2018
On Tuesday, a tornado packing winds up to 84 mph swept through Johnson County, injuring at least three, authorities reported, while a second tornado was confirmed in the afternoon near DeSoto after early morning storms.