Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Severe Weather Update - Texas

A new Tornado Watch has been issued for portions of central and east-central Texas, valid until 10pm this evening.  The watch for northeast Texas (which you can see the lighter outline of to the North of this latest watch) runs until 10 o'clock as well.

Intense thunderstorms continue across the Northeast corner of the state, as shown in the latest image from the Ft. Worth area radar below:

Tornado Warnings are in effect for the areas shown within the pink polygons below:

This activity is moving generally toward the East...at 30 mph.

Very large hail (up to softball size), damaging winds and tornadoes (some of which could be strong and very damaging) are possible with any severe storm in this region this evening.  Please remain alert and be prepared to seek shelter if threatening weather approaches your area.

Further Southwest, thunderstorms continue to try and develop along the dryline near and just West of the I-35 corridor from West of Killeen to West of the Austin-San Antonio area (as shown by the red outlined area on the visible satellite image below):

Thus far, thunderstorms have been unable to develop along this portion of the dryline due to a strong capping inversion that remains in place across the region.

There is still a chance of at least isolated thunderstorm development along this portion of the boundary before sunset.  Any thunderstorm that does form would rapidly become severe, with large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes possible.

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