By The Associated Press



Rain could be bring some much needed relief Saturday to Texas communities that battled wildfires this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters say the best chances for rain would be in the Panhandle and North and West Texas.

In North Texas, a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms was possible around Dallas and a 60 percent chance was forecast around Fort Worth. Highs in the 70s and lows in the mid-50s were expected.

The Panhandle had an 80 percent chance of rain at night around Lubbock and a 40 percent chance around Amarillo. Highs near 60 and lows in the 40s were possible. Winds could gust up to 30 mph.

Showers and thunderstorms were possible in Central Texas, with the chance for some storms to become severe. Highs in the 70s and overnight lows in the 60s were expected. Winds around San Antonio could gust up to 20 mph.

A 20 percent chance of rain was forecast for the Houston and Galveston areas. Highs in the 70s and overnight lows in the 60s were expected, with winds blowing in from the east that could gust up to 20 mph.

Forecasters say severe storms could bring large hail and damaging winds to West Texas. Winds could reach 25 mph around El Paso and 40 to 45 mph around the Midland-Odessa area, where a 70 percent chance of rain was possible.

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