Strong thunderstorms brought heavy rain and flooding to parts of the Concho Valley overnight. San Angelo recorded 4 to 5 inches of rain in a two hour time period resulting in major issues in the city. Hopefully we’ll see some good rises with the local water sources. Rain and thunderstorms will continue into the early afternoon hours with the most widespread activity across the Texas Panhandle into Northwest Texas. More isolated rain/storms will be possible from North Texas through the Hill Country, Central Texas, into Deep South Texas. We’ll likely see on and off storms continue into the late afternoon hours with locally heavy rain and a marginal severe weather threat. Nothing too unusual for late Spring.
The Storm Prediction Center has issued a possible severe weather risk zone from the South and Rolling Plains into the Big Country and Permian Basin this afternoon and evening. Depending on how quickly clouds/precipitation clears out today we could see the atmosphere recover and become unstable enough to support more strong to severe storms later on. Should we see the clearing and enough instablity develop the strongest storms could produce golfball size hail, 70 MPH wind gusts, and a low tornado threat. The severe weather risk is highly conditional on how much sun is able to break through the clouds. More clouds/rain today means less instablity and a lower severe weather threat. More sun means more instablity and the higher chance for another round of severe weather this afternoon.
Storms and heavy rain will continue tonight with more flooding a threat in areas under a Flash Flood Watch. We’ll talk more about tonight’s rain/storm chances in another post this afternoon. This week continues to look quite active with widespread heavy rain and potential flooding.