The first severe weather watch of the day has been issued as we begin a fall severe weather event. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Texas Panhandle, South Plains, and the Rolling Plains until 9 PM CT. Initial thunderstorm development is expected in the next two hours, with the possibility of discrete supercells. Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are all threats with this initial activity. By early evening, we should see a squall line take shape and move east into Northwest Texas and the Big Country before taking aim at locations further east late tonight. Additional severe weather watches are expected later today and tonight for locations east of the current watch zone. Stay weather aware!

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THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
EXTREME SOUTHEAST COLORADO
SOUTHWEST KANSAS
OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE
WESTERN TEXAS INCLUDING THE PANHANDLE

* EFFECTIVE THIS MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 100 PM UNTIL
900 PM CST.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…
A FEW TORNADOES LIKELY
SCATTERED LARGE HAIL AND ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2
INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE

SUMMARY…THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND
INTENSITY FROM WEST TO EAST ACROSS THE WATCH AREA THIS AFTERNOON
INTO EVENING. THE MOST INTENSE STORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF A FEW
TORNADOES…LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING OUTFLOW WINDS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 65 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 20 MILES SOUTH OF LUBBOCK
TEXAS TO 25 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF GARDEN CITY KANSAS. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU7).