Severe thunderstorms moved though the Southern Plains yesterday, with several reports of hail and strong winds. The chance for severe weather continues today, although intensity and coverage is expected to be lower. A marginal risk of severe storms has been posted for portions of Texas later today. Flooding has also been an issue with heavy rain from slow moving storms. Into this weekend, storms may produce 1″ to 3″ of rain, creating additional flood concerns.
A dryline in West Texas will be the focal point for severe thunderstorms today. An upper level system near the Red River will also produce several thunderstorms. Isolated reports of large hail and strong winds are possible, along with areas of heavy rain.
On Friday, upper level support is expected to be weak, limiting the severe weather potential. Once again, the dryline will be the focus for storm development. A marginal severe weather risk extends from the Central Plains to the Rio Grande.
A cold front will be dropping through the Plains on Saturday. This will produce a line of thunderstorms, some severe in the afternoon and evening. The most likely area will be from Southern Iowa to the Texas Panhandle where a slight risk of severe thunderstorms has been mapped out by the Storm Prediction Center.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels