First Alert Weather Day: Severe storms moving across South Plains
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - update 10:26 p.m. A new severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Lubbock and much of the South Plains, area below in green, in effect until 4 a.m. Thursday. This is east of the first watch issued.
The Storm Prediction Center notes the most intense storms will be capable of producing hail up to 2.5″ diameter and gusts to 80mph. A tornado is also possible in the watch area.
We’re watching intense thunderstorms move in from the western Panhandle and Eastern New Mexico. These storms are bringing a threat of damaging wind and large hail. The atmosphere will support these storms maintaining their strength as they continue southeast toward Lubbock and eventually farther east, off of the Caprock.
posted Wednesday afternoon: A First Alert Weather Day continues through the evening and early morning for the South Plains.
Severe thunderstorms will develop in New Mexico and the western communities late this afternoon and into the evening. Additional storm development is possible overnight as a storm system tracks across our region.
Through the evening storms that develop will have the potential to produce hail from 1 to 3 inches or larger; severe wind gusts along with possible tornado development and very heavy rainfall.
Storms will continue overnight with the severe threat decreasing in the early Thursday morning hours.
Another round of storms is possible tomorrow afternoon and evening, some will be severe and produce heavy rain. There is some indication that the intensity and coverage may be lower than what may occur this evening and overnight.
As for the temperatures, there is very little change with morning lows in the upper 50s and afternoon highs will continue to range from 75 to 80 degrees over all the South Plains.
Storms chances will continue on Friday, but coverage may decrease over the Memorial Day weekend.
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