A Tornado WATCH has been posted for parts of northwest and west central Texas until 10pm this evening.  This includes the following counties:  Archer, Baylor, Callahan, Clay, Eastland, Fisher, Foard,Hardeman, Haskell, Jack, Jones, Knox, Montague, Nolan, Palo Pinto, Parker, Shackelford, Stephens, Taylor, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, and Young.  This does NOT include the DFW metroplex.

Isolated storm development has already begun across this region ahead of the dryline.  While we do expect that development to remain isolated and not widespread, these storms will be tapping into a great deal of atmospheric instability and will likely become severe very rapidly with a very large hail threat.  A couple of tornadoes is also not out of the question.  Stay weather aware this evening if you live or travel through this region of the state!

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 TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 222
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   250 PM CDT TUE MAY 26 2015

   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 TEXASww0222_radar_init_resize