2015-12-12_22-27-30

It has been a busy day across Texas as at least four tornadoes have impacted the state today. At least two tornadoes impacted East Texas and Southeast Texas. Another two brief tornadoes touched down near McLean in the Panhandle at sunset. Rain is now changing over to snow up in the Panhandle where a couple inches may accumulate by morning. Shortly before 10:30 PM a broken line of thunderstorms extended from near Childress to Seymour, Putnam, Brownwood, to just west of Junction. The line is steadily moving east into a more unstable environment. Temperatures across North and Central Texas are in the low 70s with dewpoints in the upper 60s. Wind shear values remain strong and we’ll be watching for signs of intensification as the line moves east over the next few hours. Present indications are the line should be approaching Interstate 35 by 1-2 AM in North Texas. In addition we’re also a bit concerned that new discrete cells may try and fire up in parts of North and Central Texas in the next 1-2 hours. These discrete storms would have the potential to become surface based with locally damaging wind gusts and a low-end tornado threat. A few individual storms in the squall line may also become severe with locally damaging winds over 60 MPH and a low-end tornado threat. A majority of the rain/storms tonight will remain at or just below severe limits. Widespread showers and a few embedded thunderstorms continue across Northeast Texas, East Texas, into the eastern half of the Brazos Valley. A couple inches of rain has fallen and we are dealing with flooding issues in parts of these areas. The best way to keep up with ongoing activity is to use our free interactive weather radar. Just click the red radar banner/link at the top of this page. In summary we’re not expecting a widespread severe weather threat overnight. A couple severe storms are possible with locally damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. Flash flooding will be the primary issue – especially east of Interstate 35 in Northeast Texas and East Texas. We’ll be here tonight to keep you updated!