More storms expected today and Memorial Day

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Updated: 5/25 12:19 pm
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Quick mid-day update here with some notes for the next few days. We could see more thunderstorms this afternoon into tonight, then more tomorrow.

It was another nice night of rain. We had some severe warnings over the western South Plains but the severe threat diminished as these moved farther east, doesn't look like much hail over the central South Plains. Looking at just rain today Tahoka is the winner with 1.86" followed by 1.52" at Wolfforth. After more than an inch at Lubbock's airport we're up to 3.63" for this week. We had just 0.90" all year up until Thursday afternoon. With this rain we're now closing in on being just an inch short of the YTD average.

You do need to watch out for the usual trouble spots with flooding. The National Weather Service relayed to us this morning FM 1585 southeast of Levelland, in SE Hockley County, was closed because of flooding. Also, FM 835 is still closed from the Buffalo Springs entrance to FM 3020. There are also some areas around Lubbock where playa lakes spilled over to adjacent roads during the rain.

With the rain moving out a little earlier than yesterday and the sun coming out a little earlier, we might have a better shot at afternoon thunderstorms today. It won't get incredibly warm, but some surface instability to go with another disturbance passing overhead should be enough for scattered thunderstorms. We'll watch for storms to get going after 3 p.m. today and the chance will continue into tonight.

The Storm Prediction Center has most of our area highlighted with the risk for severe storms, shown in yellow below:

 
 
 


Like yesterday, the greater severe weather risk will be well south of here. There were several large hail reports and some tornado warnings south of I-20 yesterday. Across our area there will be enough instability and shear for up to golf ball-size hail and 60mph gusts. Storms will spread to the east into this evening. There could be more storms developing tomorrow afternoon. SPC highlights much of our area tomorrow with the risk, shown in yellow:

 
 
 


Where storms develop today and tomorrow another 1/2" to 1" can be expected, with some locations picking up another 2". This may cause some flooding problems. But it's great to get this much-needed rain.

We'll have another update here later today. Be sure you have multiple ways to get warnings...MyWarn app, NOAA Weather Radio and on TV and radio.

-Matt
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