Cancellations, postponements as North Texas braces for Wednesday severe weather event

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Hail in Chico, Texas

The majority of North Texas remains under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch with hail and strong winds expected overnight into Thursday.

The forecast of hail, rain and strong winds for overnight Wednesday has put people across North Texas on edge. Both the storm and the aftermath of what could be significant hail damage are on the minds of many people and businesses.

There has been ping pong sized hail reported in Montague County and Wise County and surrounding areas.

The severe weather threat is expected to increase as storms start moving through the area on Wednesday night. The Severe Thunderstorm Watch will go on until 2 a.m.

Storms are expected to arrive from the west, with Fort Worth being hit around 11 p.m., with wind gusts up to 50 or 60 mph.

The most active period for Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin County is expected to be from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Most parts of North Texas will get rain, but only a small number will get high winds and hail. The threat of a tornado is low, but it cannot be ruled out.

Southwest Airlines announced Wednesday afternoon it is canceling about 100 flights at Dallas Love Field between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. That includes both arrivals and departures.

American Airlines is operating more of a regular schedule at DFW Airport on Wednesday. There will be no arrivals after 9 p.m. at DFW Airport for American and only two departures. For its regional flights, no arrivals after 8 p.m. and no departures after 9 p.m.

American also said it would limit how many of its aircraft would remain overnight at DFW and try to store as many aircraft as possible in hangar space.

The stormy forecast led most North Texas school districts to cancel afterschool activities. On the college level, SMU canceled classes and closed early for the night along with UNT, UTA, TCU, Texas Wesley, Collin College and El Centro College.

An Audi McKinney dealership was recently caught off guard by rapidly-forming hail storms in late March had an action plan for Wednesday. Workers moved cars to covered areas, even as they deal with claims for about 150 damaged cars from the last storm. Dealerships across North Texas took similar action, looking to avoid costly damage to inventory.

All eyes were on the sky in Farmers Branch and Dallas, where two major soccer tournaments were underway.

Organizers said Dallas Cup and the Dallas International Girls Cup will go on in the rain, but hail could halt play. But officials said they have a backup plan.

“We have time slots available for Saturday morning. And [Thursday] morning the sun starts shining again and we should be good,” said Loek Van Zijl, International Gils Cup Tournament Director.

Keep up with the latest forecast at fox4news.com/weather.