Friday Night: Southern Plains Storms Continue
The weather will remain active in the Southern Plains overnight (into Saturday morning) with the threat for more severe thunderstorms. This continues the trend of severe weather from Wednesday and Thursday in many of the same areas. Residents from the Rio Grande Valley to the Ozark Mountains, along with the High Plains, should be “Weather Aware” during this time.
Damaging straight-line winds will the the biggest threat. The Storm Prediction Center stated, “outflow (winds) from these storms could result in an enhancement of the severe weather potential, providing the boundary needed for convective (thunderstorm) initiation.”
Elsewhere, environmental conditions with high instability created a ripe for severe thunderstorm development along a dry line in west Texas and western Oklahoma Friday evening. Now those storms will continue to push to the east through Texas as the night wears on.
Combined with an area of stronger jet-stream winds overhead, thunderstorms in this area may be more than just isolated in coverage. With strong updrafts, these thunderstorms will produce large hail and damaging wind gusts. These storms will stay strong through the overnight hours and bring a risk to southeast Texas early Saturday morning. The severe weather threat continues with a marginal risk.
Another concern into this weekend will be heavy rain that accompanies the thunderstorms. Some areas may pick up one to three inches of rain.
Some parts of central and eastern Texas, eastern Oklahoma, southeastern Kansas, southern Louisiana and southwestern Arkansas should keep an eye out for the possibility of flash flooding.