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Lone Star State Braces For Late-Day Fresh Storms

2 PM CDT, October 26, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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The October severe weather drought across the northwestern and north-central Texas Plains will end abruptly late this afternoon into tonight. Powerful thunderstorms packing large hail and damaging winds will be the main severe weather risks, although the rain is welcomed news for the parched Lone Star State.

The ingredients are already coming together across the southern Plains this afternoon. A potent upper-level low pressure slicing eastward along the Texas and Oklahoma border will collide with warmer and more humid air being drawn northward from the Gulf of Mexico. The two, already generating storms in central and southern Oklahoma, will trigger a fresh batch of severe thunderstorms along the Interstate 20 and 35 corridors late this afternoon and evening.

The thunderstorms will multiply and grow southeastward across northwestern and north-central Texas, before converging into a cluster of potentially damaging thunderstorms through early Sunday morning. Initially, cities such as Wichita Falls, Sweetwater, and Abilene, Texas, will be at risk for an encounter with one of these destructive thunderstorms.

After that, it will be places like Dallas-Fort Worth, Arlington, San Angelo and Waco, Texas, that will need to keep their WeatherBug active and the chirp turned up loud in case your neighborhood becomes threatened by severe weather this evening and tonight. The main severe weather concern will be high winds exceeding 60 mph, but even golf ball size hailstones will be possible as well.

On the flip-side of the equation, the heavy rainfall accompanying the complex of thunderstorms will be a welcomed sight across northwestern and north-central Texas. One-to-2 inches of rain will not only cut away at a precipitation deficit of nearly 7 inches in Dallas-Fort Worth, but it will also replenish struggling or depleted reservoirs affected by the ongoing short-and-long term drought.

It has been more than two weeks since northwestern and north-central Texas have experienced severe weather. The last mini-episode occurred on October 12, in which a confirmed tornado touched down near Sanger, Texas. That same thunderstorm produced a 60 mph gust near Union Grove, Texas, while 2 people were injured in Brownwood, Texas, when two trees fell on a pair of vehicles.

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