Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9PM

Reported by: Rudy Pearce
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Updated: 4/01/2013 9:05 pm
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A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for all counties highlighted in green below. This is essentially for all areas along and east of the I-27/HWY 87 corridor. The main concerns with storms tonight will be large hail and strong damaging wind gusts.

Storms will generally be moving to the east/northeast but could build back to the west and south especially once they group together and form a larger cluster of storms which is more likely to happen later on this evening. You can keep an eye on all the storms with our live streaming radar below.
While this activity should end tonight we have a chance for more showers and storms throughout most of the day tomorrow. A front will continue to push south overnight setting us up with a chilly day both tomorrow and on Wednesday. More importantly to most is our chance for rain. We could start to see showers spread across our northern counties in the morning and then eventually spread from north to south across most of the region. While we do expect storms again tomorrow, we do not expect any severe storms across the South Plains or Rolling Plains. The severe storms look to be held to the south of us across the Midland/Odessa area.

The rain should continue in parts overnight Tuesday into Wednesday before eventually tapering off from west to east Wednesday afternoon. When all is said and done this could be a pretty decent rain event for us. Most of us should see some rain while our eastern counties will likely see the most. Below is a graphic produced by the Weather Prediction Center, which is a branch of the National Weather Service, showing the forecasted rainfall totals for the region through Wednesday night. Their forecast shows all of us receiving at least .25” of rain with areas off the Caprock across the Rolling Plains possibly seeing up to 1.5”-2”. Below is a graphic showing their forecast. 

The sky will clear out, temperatures will warm, and we make a return back to breezy conditions by the end of the week and weekend. There are some signs that we could see some more active weather at the beginning of next week but that is too far away right now for any certainties.

Be sure to stay tuned into to us this afternoon and evening, whether it be by Facebook, Twitter, Radio or TV, we will keep you updated on any severe weather. Matt will have a full updated forecast for you tomorrow morning.
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