Texas, Oklahoma Brace For Weekend Severe Weather
UPDATED 8 PM CST, March 9, 2013
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman
The same storm system poised to punish residents from the Rocky Front Range to Upper Midwest with wintry weather and blizzard conditions will also get the weekend started on a turbulent note for those across the Texas and Oklahoma Plains. Damaging winds, large hail, and even a few brief tornadoes will all be on the weather menu today.
Due to the risk for severe weather, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for central Texas, including the cities of Dallas, Waco, Austin, and San Antonio.
The primary severe weather danger zone will develop from much of Oklahoma into central and southern Texas this afternoon and evening. Forming into an intense line of powerful thunderstorms along the Interstate 35 corridor, they will feed off a dry line dividing warm, moist Gulf of Mexico air from a punch of cooler, drier air piercing the southern Plains.
The biggest concerns will be damaging wind gusts topping 70 mph and large hail exceeding golf ball size. However, a few storms will be capable of spinning up a tornado.
Despite a barely-retreating short-and-long term drought across Oklahoma and Texas, too much rain in a short time could lead to a hidden danger of flash flooding. One to 2 inches of rainfall is expected. If you approach a flooded road, it is best to "Turn Around, Don`t Drown."
Large hail has been pounding the western Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs, with Decatur, Texas, seeing baseball sized hail, and similar sized hail in Terral, Okla. A 60 mph gust pummeled Brady, Texas.
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