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Showers and thunderstorms started to form across eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle this afternoon. Storm motion is to the northeast so some of the storms that formed in eastern New Mexico could move into the South Plains this evening especially across our northern counties. You can monitor all the storms with our live streaming radar below.
A few storms this evening could become marginally severe producing quarter size hail and wind gusts in excess of 60mph. That being said we do not expect wide spread severe weather, in fact we do not even expect wide spread rainfall with coverage being isolated and held mainly to our western and northern counties. The areas that do see rain could see a decent amount of it as storms are not moving that fast and there is plenty of moisture in place to feed all the storms. Click here
for a constantly updated look at the 24 hour rainfall totals from the West Texas Mesonet sites.
A backdoor cold front, meaning a cold front moving from northeast to southwest, will enter the South Plains tomorrow afternoon/evening. This will help ignite more storms with the potential for showers and storms to last overnight into Wednesday morning. With the cold front moving through plus added cloud coverage and scattered showers, our temperatures should be a bit cooler on Wednesday.
We will have northwesterly flow in the upper part of the atmosphere to end out the week which is a favorable setup for upper-level disturbances to swoop down and spark off a few showers and thunderstorms. For this reason plus the fact that we should have a decent amount of moisture still in place, we will hold on to slight chances for storms each day through Friday.
I hope you have a great weekend and kick it off with us tonight on the News at Nine! Caitlin will have all the forecast updates for you this weekend.