A tornado watch has been issued for Northwest Texas and western North Texas until 10 PM. This watch includes the cities of Wichita Falls, Abilene, and Mineral Wells, just to name a few. While thunderstorm coverage will likely remain low, significant severe weather is possible with those storms that do develop. Hail up to the size of softballs, damaging wind gusts over 70 MPH, and a couple of tornadoes will be possible. We’re out chasing today so hopefully we’ll have something to show a bit later on!

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THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
SOUTHWEST OKLAHOMA
NORTHWEST TEXAS

* EFFECTIVE THIS TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 250 PM UNTIL
1000 PM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…
A COUPLE TORNADOES POSSIBLE
SCATTERED LARGE HAIL LIKELY WITH ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS
TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE

SUMMARY…EXPLOSIVE THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT IS EXPECTED ACROSS THE
AREA THIS AFTERNOON WITH SUPERCELL STORM MODES ANTICIPATED. WHILE
VERY LARGE HAIL WILL BE THE PRIMARY HAZARD…THE INTERACTION OF
THESE STORMS WITH AN OUTFLOW BOUNDARY IN THE AREA WILL ENHANCE THE
POTENTIAL FOR A COUPLE OF TORNADOES.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 55 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 25 MILES NORTH OF WICHITA
FALLS TEXAS TO 20 MILES SOUTH OF ABILENE TEXAS. FOR A COMPLETE
DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE
(WOUS64 KWNS WOU2).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND 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.