Stormy weekend

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Updated: 6/07/2014 12:55 am
1am Update: The Tornado Watch has been cancelled and all rain will end overnight. Click here for a look at the 24 hour rainfall totals from the West Texas Mesonet sites. We have another chance for storms starting Saturday afternoon. Get the full detailed forecast in the original blog post below.

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A Tornado Watch is in effect for Curry, Roosevelt, Parmer, Castro, Swisher, Briscoe, Hall, Bailey, Lamb, Hale, Floyd, and Cochran counties until 1AM central time. The counties under the watch are highlighted in blue in the graphic below.

Storms formed in eastern New Mexico this afternoon and are moving to the east. Some of these storms could move into the South Plains tonight with our northern counties being the most favored location. The main concerns with the storms for us are large hail and strong wind gusts, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Any storms we see tonight will end by early tomorrow morning. You can keep an eye on all the storms with our live streaming radar below.
We will warm into the low 90s tomorrow afternoon ahead of a cold front that will enter the region in the late afternoon and evening. As this front moves through we have a chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. It will again be a setup in which any storms that form could produce hail larger than 1” in diameter and wind gusts in excess of 60mph. Storms should congeal into a line and push to the east at night eventually clearing the region by Sunday morning.

The cold front will stall across the region on Sunday and depending on where it stalls will determine who has the best chance for storms. Right now it looks like the front will stall across the central South Plains meaning that most of us will have a chance for storms. Once again there will be the potential for severe storms that produce large hail and strong wind gusts. Sunday’s storm chances come in two phases. The first one in the afternoon as individual storms form along the stalled out front and the second one at night when again storms will likely form into an organized line and push across the region. We could see a few more storms on Monday although by then everything should start to push off to the east of us. 

As far as temperatures are concerned, afternoon highs will stay in the 80s to start off next week. We will clear out on Tuesday and high pressure will move back in helping to warm our temperatures back into the upper 90s by the middle of the week.

For the Texas Tech baseball games this weekend, the first game should go off without a hitch since the first pitch is at Noon and we don’t think any storms will form until Saturday night. The first pitch on Sunday is at 2pm and if a third game is needed the first pitch on Monday will be at Noon. As mentioned above there could be a few storms during those games especially on Sunday. A good way to stay up-to-date with the weather and track the storms on the go is with the FOX 34 News App. You will find our live streaming radar, our Weather Blog and many more weather maps on there.

I hope you had a great day and have a great weekend! I will step you through the forecast tonight on the News at Nine and Caitlin will have all the forecast updates for you this weekend.
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