Chance for severe storms tomorrow

Reported by: Rudy Pearce
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Updated: 9/26/2013 7:59 pm
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It was a hot day by late September standards with temperatures warming to within a few degrees of the record high. Below is a look at some of our morning lows and afternoon highs from today.


After quiet and overall pretty nice weather this week we will see some major changes starting tomorrow. A storm system will approach the area providing us with a chance for storms starting tomorrow afternoon and lasting into Saturday. This system will also push a cold front through the area which will cool us down by about 20 degrees from the afternoon temperatures we saw today.

We could first start to see isolated storms form tomorrow afternoon ahead of the cold front which will move through overnight into early Saturday. Any of the storms that form tomorrow afternoon and evening could become severe with the main concerns being large hail and strong wind gusts but there also is a minor threat for a few isolated tornadoes. Below is a look at the Storm Prediction Center’s Slight Risk for Severe Weather which covers most of the FOX 34 viewing area and extends up into the Texas Panhandle.

With tomorrow being Friday evening and a time when you might be out and about, for example heading to one of the area High School Football games, it is imperative to stay tuned into what’s going on with the weather. You can do that with the FOX 34 News App as we have our live streaming radar on there as well as any necessary alerts. Another good app to have is the MyWARN App which uses the GPS in your phone to detect where you are and will warn you of any immediate danger.

As we get later into the night the front will approach the area and storms will form along the leading edge of the front into what we call a squall line, essentially just a line of storms moving in unison. As this happens the overall severe weather threat will decrease some, however large hail and especially strong wind gusts will still be a possibility. Another concern we will have is potential heavy rain leading to flooding. With the front moving from northwest to southeast and the storms moving from southwest to northeast along the front there is the possibility of numerous storms to move over the same location in a short period of time leading to lots of rainfall. Models are showing the possibility for several locations to get multiple inches of rain.

The front should clear the area by Saturday afternoon with rain ending from northwest to southeast shortly afterwards. Behind the front we will have a breezy north wind with temperatures only warming into the mid 70s on Saturday afternoon. We warm back into the upper 80s by the middle of next week with quiet weather expected.

I hope you had a great day! I will step you through this very busy forecast tonight on the News at Nine and Matt will have the latest thinking on the storms and an updated forecast tomorrow morning.
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