The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm WATCH for parts of the eastern Texas Panhandle, northwest Texas, west central Texas, Permian Basin and Big Country regions of west central Texas until midnight. In the past half hour, isolated storms have developed out ahead of the front across the southeastern and eastern panhandle region and are quickly moving off to the east/northeast. Additional squall line development has also been noted just west of the Midland/Odessa area. The squall line will further develop both northward and southward over the next several hours and will track quickly east. The main threats with all the storms across this area his evening will be the chance for damaging winds and hail up to the size of half-dollars. The tornado threat remains low but not completely ruled out given the dynamics in place. Have a way to receive weather warnings and be prepared to seek shelter immediately if a warning is issued for your area.
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 515 PM CST SAT DEC 12 2015 THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST OKLAHOMA WEST TEXAS * EFFECTIVE THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON FROM 515 PM UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST. * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE... SCATTERED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH LIKELY ISOLATED LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 1 INCH IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE A TORNADO OR TWO POSSIBLE SUMMARY...A LINE OF STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP THIS EVENING OVER WEST TX...TRACKING QUICKLY EASTWARD ACROSS THE WATCH AREA. LOCALLY DAMAGING WINDS ARE THE MAIN THREAT...ALONG WITH SOME HAIL IN THE STRONGEST CELLS. AN ISOLATED TORNADO CANNOT BE RULED OUT. THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 95 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 65 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF JUNCTION TEXAS TO 60 MILES NORTH OF CHILDRESS TEXAS. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU5). PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... REMEMBER...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.