The Tornado Watch has been cancelled across the South Plains. As of this writing a few showers and thunderstorms continue to move east across the region but all of this activity will eventually exit the South Plains overnight. Some areas ended up receiving quite a bit of rainfall from the storms today. Click here
for a look at the rainfall totals from the West Texas Mesonet sites. The rest of the forecast is below in the original blog post.
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A Tornado Watch has been issued for the entire South Plains until 10PM tonight. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for eastern New Mexico and the Permian Basin until 10PM as well. Storms initially formed across out northeastern counties and have slowly moved south. Another line of showers and thunderstorms formed in eastern New Mexico and will push east. You can watch all these storms form and move with our live streaming radar below.
The main concern out of all of these storms will be large hail and strong damaging wind gusts although there is a chance for a few tornadoes to form. The main threat for tornadoes will be this afternoon in our eastern counties and as storms form into more of a cluster the tornado threat will diminish with the main concern shifting to large hail and strong wind gusts. With the strong wind gusts and outflows produced by the storms we have also seen lots of dust and dirt blown around temporarily reducing the visibility.
All this activity will push east and clear the area overnight. We again will have a chance for showers and thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon and evening although the severity of the storms and the location of where they will form all depends on what ends up happening tonight. Even with some questions the chance for storms tomorrow looks decent and again any storms that form could become severe. This will be the case through the weekend into the middle of next week. While we certainly will welcome any rain we get with the potential for severe weather it is vital to stay weather aware.
We will keep you updated all evening long on our TV Stations, Radio Stations, and with our social media accounts. I will have an update on everything tonight on the News at Nine and Matt will have a complete updated forecast for you tomorrow morning.