A Severe Thunderstorm WATCH has been issued for portions of west and west central Texas until 3am Central Time. Cities and towns included in the WATCH include Lamesa, Snyder, Big Spring, Midland/Odessa, Ft. Stockton, Sanderson, Haskell, Abilene, Sweetwater, San Angelo, and Ozona. A squall line of storms is expected to develop along the dryline after 9pm within the WATCH area and track east overnight towards central and north central Texas. The line is expected to diminish in strength as we get into the morning hours; however, initial storm development along the squall line will carry the threat of large hail up to the size of tennis balls, damaging wind gusts up to 60mph and frequent lightning. The tornado threat is on the low side, but is not completely out of the question. If you’re in the WATCH area, have a way to receive weather warnings overnight should any be issued for your locations. Below, we have a couple of graphics depicting how the radar my look between Midnight and 6am tomorrow.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 226 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 730 PM CDT Tue May 16 2017 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of West/west-central Texas * Effective this Tuesday night and Wednesday morning from 730 PM until 300 AM CDT. * Primary threats include... Scattered large hail and isolated very large hail events to 2.5 inches in diameter possible Isolated damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible A tornado or two possible SUMMARY...The potential for supercells will continue to increase into the Texas low rolling Plains this evening, including risks for large hail and possibly a tornado or two. Additional storms should increase across far west/southwest Texas this evening, with these storms increasing and developing eastward into the overnight with mainly hail and damaging winds risks.