The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has expired. A cold front will continue to sweep across the South Plains overnight with scattered showers and thunderstorms continuing around the front. Heavy rainfall is possible with localized flooding. For a look at constantly updated rainfall totals from the West Texas Mesonet sites click here
. You can find the rest of the forecast in the original blog post below.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for Parmer, Castro, Swisher, Briscoe, Hall, Bailey, Lamb, Hale, Floyd, Motley, Cottle, Cochran, Hockley, Lubbock, Crosby, Dickens, Yoakum, Terry, Lynn, and Garza counties until 1am. All the counties under the watch are highlighted in the graphic below. The rest of your forecast including what our main concerns are with the storms tonight are listed in the original blog post below.
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It still looks like we have a stormy afternoon and night in store for us. A few light showers formed around the New Mexico/Texas state line early this afternoon but we expect stronger storms to form around this area and then move east/northeast later on this afternoon and evening. You can keep an eye on all the action with our live streaming radar below.
Any storms that form this afternoon and evening could quickly become severe with the main concerns being large hail and strong wind gusts. While originally it looked like we had at least a slight possibility of a few tornadoes to spin up it now looks like that chance will mainly be held up across the Texas Panhandle. With the possibility of severe weather it is imperative that you stay tuned in to the weather especially if heading out to any of the outdoor events tonight such as the area high school football games or the South Plains Fair. Please share this information with others who may not stay up on the weather. Below are a few good tools to have to keep you weather aware.
FOX 34’s MyWARN app
– this is a great pay app that uses the GPS in your mobile device to target watches and warnings to your specific location.
FOX 34 News app – this is a free app that has our live streaming radar, weather blog and any necessary alerts in the weather section.
Other ways to stay updated
– we do what we can to keep you updated on any imminent dangerous weather through various platforms such as on TV, radio or with social media.
A cold front will move through the South Plains overnight eventually clearing the area sometime late tomorrow morning or early afternoon. As the front moves in storms will form in a line along the leading edge of the front. The overall severe weather threat will diminish once the sun sets but we could still see strong wind gusts or even some large hail with the storms moving along the cold front. However, the main concern at this point will be the potential for locally heavy rain leading to localized flooding. With the cold front moving from northwest to southeast and storms riding along the front from southwest to northeast there is the potential for numerous storms to form and move over the same location over a short period of time leading to heavy rainfall. Up to an inch of rain for many locations can be expected with several areas seeing multiple inches of rain.
Once the front clears the area tomorrow cooler and drier air will move in helping to end all the rain from northwest to southeast in the afternoon. We will have a steady northeast breeze with temperatures only warming into the 70s. Temperatures on Sunday will be cool as well, starting off in the upper 40s and lower 50s and only warming into the upper 70s and lower 80s under a sunny sky. We will warm back into the mid to upper 80s by the middle of next week with sunny and overall pretty quiet conditions.
We will do cut-ins on FOX 34 and on all our radio stations as needed this afternoon and evening plus we will keep you updated with our various social media platforms. Please stay weather aware and keep any friends updated as well who might not know what is going on with the weather. We will have a full update for you tonight on the News at Nine and Caitlin will have all the forecast updates this weekend.