Tornado hits West Texas, more likely today

The risk of severe weather remains for West Texas and much of the central Plains after a few tornadoes were confirmed in open country Thursday afternoon. This includes a tornado over Hawley, TX (north of Abilene) that was nearly stationary in the area for several hours. We will update you on the strength of the tornado once the National Weather Service can assess the damage.

The risk of severe weather on both Friday and Saturday in Texas favors the western half of the state, where the collision of air masses (dry and moist) will occur. This will result in a few isolated supercell storms, with the primary threat of large hail and tornadoes from Lubbock south to I-20 and I-10. However, storms are possible across Central and West Texas through the weekend.

A few storms will rage in East Texas during the first half of Friday starting Thursday night. Additional storm development will occur Friday afternoon, aided by the dry line and frontal boundary across New Mexico, off the higher elevations of West Texas and northern Mexico. These storms will combine to produce heavy rain and devastating hail across West Texas and the Panhandle Friday evening and move eastward overnight. A similar trend will emerge on Saturday afternoon, with storm development supported by a stationary front. Heavy rain is not contributing to the ongoing flooding situation in the Lone Star State.

Anna Harden

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