Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Severe Weather Update for This Evening and Tonight in Texas

At mid-evening, a warm front extended from an area of low pressure near Eagle Pass, East/Northeastward across the San Antonio area and then on Eastward into the Houston metro area.  Showers and thunderstorms continue to develop along and North of the warm front, mainly across central and northern Texas:

Meanwhile, a strong weather disturbance aloft was moving into West Texas:

This disturbance will continue Eastward as the warm front continues to lift Northward this evening and into tonight.

Thunderstorms are forecast to develop between San Antonio and the Big Bend during the next couple of hours.  The initial development will likely be in the form of isolated to scattered cells that will be capable of producing large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

By Midnight, the activity is forecast to congeal into one or more line segments or clusters and move into the Hill Country and toward the I-35 corridor.  At this time, it appears that the most likely window in which the activity will approach the Austin-San Antonio corridor will be after 1 or 2 am CST.  Large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes will be possible with this activity.

As the night progresses, the activity is forecast to move Eastward toward the coastal Plain, with a continued threat of mainly damaging wind gusts and large hail.  An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

Folks living across central, southcentral and southeast Texas should remain alert this evening and tonight.  Review severe weather safety tips and have a sheltering location in mind so that you can immediately get to safety if a warning is issued for your area.  Be sure that you have a way to receive severe weather warnings at night, such as a NOAA Weather Radio or a smartphone application*, etc.

Keep checking back here on the blog for updates throughout the evening.

*Please note, I am in the process of reviewing this particular iPhone app at this time.  I do not necessarily recommend it yet, just wanting to make you aware that it's out there.  If you own an Android or other smart device, please search your app store for other options.

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