Good morning and happy Friday!  As many municipalities around the state will be holding their fireworks displays this evening, we wanted to provide an update on the rain chances this afternoon and evening which could potentially disrupt a few shows.  Doesn’t looks like any widespread issues, but you just need to be aware.  Ongoing storms across southern Oklahoma will continue to develop and drift south this morning along the Red River valley.  It appears we may have a few subtle outflow boundaries from these storms that have drifted into north Texas and may become a focus for storm development later this afternoon and evening.  At this time, it appears the highest concentration of isolated to scattered storm activity this afternoon will be stretched across north Texas, north of I-20 and into northeast Texas.  Storms are also expected to develop across southeastern Colorado/northeastern New Mexico and move into the northern panhandle this evening.  The Storm Prediction Center has placed a portion of north central and northeast Texas under a Slight Risk for severe storm development this evening with downburst winds, frequent lightning and possible hail.  The tornado threat is very low, but is non-zero and mainly concentrated up in southeastern OK.  Still, folks within the Slight Risk area will need to keep an eye on the sky this afternoon especially if you’re outdoors.   The simulated animated radar graphic below will give you an idea of what to expect later this afternoon and evening.

hrrr_2015070313_ref_tx TX_swody1 (1)Here’s a look at the daytime highs…and also the state-wide temps by around 9pm this evening when most fireworks displays begin to kick off.   Heat index readings across parts of central and coastal Texas will be in the low 100’s today, so stay hydrated and avoid strenuous outdoor activity during peak heating if at all possible.  Stay safe and have a wonderful day!!

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