The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 10 PM for Northeast Texas southwest into Central Texas. The watch does not include the D/FW Metroplex as storms are expected to fire up just south and east of D/FW within a few hours. The main forcing mechanism for thunderstorm initiation will be a cold front that is now pushing through D/FW. Behind the front winds will become northwesterly. The primary threat with the strongest storms will be large hail up to the size of tennis balls with the initial supercell storms. As the storms congeal into a squall line the threat for the very large hail will lower with an increased threat for straight-line winds over 60 MPH.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 44
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
320 PM CDT THU APR 9 2015

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
NORTHERN AND CENTRAL ARKANSAS
FAR SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA
NORTHEAST TEXAS

* EFFECTIVE THIS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 320 PM UNTIL
1000 PM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…
SCATTERED DAMAGING WINDS AND ISOLATED SIGNIFICANT GUSTS TO 75
MPH POSSIBLE
SCATTERED LARGE HAIL AND ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 3
INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
A TORNADO OR TWO POSSIBLE

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE
FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY
DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

. TEXAS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

ANDERSON BELL DELTA
ELLIS FALLS FANNIN
FREESTONE HENDERSON HILL
HOPKINS HUNT KAUFMAN
LAMAR LEON LIMESTONE
MCLENNAN MILAM NAVARRO
RAINS RED RIVER ROBERTSON
VAN ZANDT