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An upper level disturbance currently moving across the state is responsible for the widespread shower and thunderstorm activity that has affected most of Texas overnight. After North Texas received a light show overnight with widespread thunderstorm activity, most of the thunderstorms are now confined closer to the Gulf Coast in Southeast Texas. Widespread rainfall will continue across North Texas, with the possibility of a break later this morning before picking back up again this evening. Rain will begin to change over to snow across portions of West Texas as a major winter storm gets going. See our update from last evening regarding more specific snow discussions.
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At 7:45 AM, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was in effect for Colorado, Austin, Wharton, Waller, and Fort Bend Counties in Southeast Texas for a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing large hail and damaging winds. This image shows one particular storm in that line that was located about ten miles east of Eagle Lake at the time of this update. This particular thunderstorm is exhibiting supercellular characteristics and is one mean looking storm.
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The Storm Prediction Center has issued a slight risk of severe weather, the standard risk of severe weather, for parts of Southeast Texas today. A few, brief tornadoes along with damaging winds will be possible within this severe weather risk. The risk will likely remain confined closer to the coast where the highest instability amounts will reside. Major cities in the severe weather risk include Victoria, the Houston Metro, Galveston, and Beaumont.