The Storm Prediction Center has elevated the risk level to Slight across parts of the panhandle and down into the rolling plains/northwest Texas this afternoon.  A few of the cities and towns included within the Slight Risk area include Amarillo, Canadian, Shamrock, Childress, Clarendon and Floydada plus their surrounding communities.  A surface trough will set up this afternoon across the panhandle down into the south plains which will become a focus for storm initiation this afternoon as we reach peak heating and instability.  Later tonight, a cold front will be dropping south into the region which will aid in continued storm development overnight along and ahead of the frontal boundary.  Not everyone will see storm development as it will be isolated to scattered, but any storm that forms has the potential to become severe with damaging downburst winds, frequent lightning and large hail as the primary threats.  The threat for tornadoes is extremely low, so at least we will not have to be dealing with that issue.  Overnight, we’ll likely see the storms eventually meld into clusters that move south/southeast so we’ll have to monitor that potential as it could mean an increased risk of damaging straight line winds depending on how well these clusters of storms can maintain their intensity.  Be sure to check back with us later this evening for any updates!

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Simulated Radar through 1am