Hot weekend ahead, slight chance for storms

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Updated: 6/21/2013 10:59 pm
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updated 11:00 p.m.

We've had some severe storms over the southwestern and western South Plains. Some highways in Hockley County had a lot of water on them from the slow-moving storms. Thunderstorms will continue to weaken then diminish in the coming hours. The severe weather threat is also dropping. Scroll down for the detailed weekend forecast.


updated 7:50 p.m.

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Lubbock, the South Plains, much of the Panhandle and Permian Basin. The main threat from thunderstorms this evening will be strong, damaging wind. Some of the storms also could produce hail.

Here is the radar live stream:


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THIS AFTERNOON: We're watching the potential for thunderstorms this afternoon. At 3 p.m. the Storm Prediction Center issued an update stating there is a 40 percent chance a severe watch will be issued for the South Plains. There's a good deal of instability with the temp in the 90s and dew point in the 60s. A few isolated storms are trying to get going around Roswell. It could be another setup where storms develop out there then move this way this evening. There's also the possibility storms develop right here on the South Plains.

So at this point it's wait and see what can develop this afternoon. If storms do develop strong wind will be the primary threat. The chance for thunderstorms will continue into this evening.

TONIGHT: Chance for thunderstorms will fade after Midnight, breezy with clouds thinning some, low in the low-mid 70s.

WEEKEND: Both afternoons will be similar to today...hot, clouds developing by the afternoon, high in the mid 90s. Also both days we'll keep a slight chance for a few thunderstorms. Like we've seen through this week, the most-favored location for storm development will be in Eastern New Mexico and the western South Plains.

NEXT WEEK: The ridge of high pressure builds west, eventually setting up closer to the Four Corners by Wednesday and Thursday. This will drop the chance for storms even lower and lead to sunny and hotter afternoons, high around 100 Wednesday and Thursday. It looks sunny and hot into next weekend.

 
 
 


Check back here for updates as needed with any storms. I'll have an updated look at the forecast tonight on FOX 34 News at Nine. Caitlin will have your forecast update tomorrow.
-Matt
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