10 Million at Risk of Very Large Hail and Tornadoes Tuesday
Roughly 10 million people are under the risk of severe storms Tuesday into Tuesday night over parts of west-central and north-central Texas, and much of Oklahoma.
Strengthening low-level southerly winds over Texas will result in the rapid transport of Gulf moisture northward. This will allow for ample amount of moisture ahead of a dryline, which will be positioned over west Texas Tuesday afternoon.
There is some concern that a few storms will develop early Tuesday morning across the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, into western Oklahoma and southward across west-central Texas. This has meteorologists and storm chasers keeping a close eye on the forecast overnight. WeatherNation field correspondent Ben McMillan says, “if we can clear out, residents need to be on alert Tuesday afternoon.”
Given the dynamics early Tuesday morning across these areas, a few severe storms will be possible. If storms do develop early Tuesday morning, this will limit the severe potential for Tuesday afternoon.
Given the uncertainty of the severe storm potential being limited by storms Tuesday morning, all modes of severe weather are still expected by Tuesday afternoon. However, as WeatherNation field correspondent Brandon Clement points out, the “potential for extremely large hail and a few tornadoes will exist on any cells that can stay isolated, before straight line winds take over as the main threat.”
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