First Warning Forecast: More clouds, warm, storms move in late
- Author: Sylvester Abbott Apr 16, 2018,
Apr 16, 2018, 2:02
Once the severe storm threat is over we'll still have to contend with a flooding threat. The clash of warm air ahead of the front and cool air behind the front could lead to more severe storms.
As we head through the evening, a line of strong to severe thunderstorms will track from west to east across the state. "That's coming this week as well - potential for storms and maybe severe Friday with a cold front coming through". The northwest winds are bringing the smell of smoke from wildfires in Oklahoma. There will be a lot of shear in the atmosphere, and this may cause isolated storms to rotate and produce brief tornadoes. Some of these storms could be strong to severe, with gusty winds being the main threats although some small hail and even an isolated tornado is not out of the question.
The weekend's wind gusts are expected to blow through the week, but rain chances will evaporate. This is a potentially risky situation.
The roughest weather will be between 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Make sure any loose items in your yard are tied down or in a covered shelter.
Know the difference in a "watch" and a "warning".
If your home or community is damaged in the storms, contact your county's Emergency Management Agency here. A severe thunderstorm or tornado watch may also be issued under these conditions. A warning is the time to take action, which mostly means getting away from windows toward the central part of the lowest level of your home or building.
A Red Flag Warning Remains in effect until 9:00 PM CDT for Bailey, Briscoe, Castro, Childress, Cottle, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hall, Hockley, Kent, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Parmer, Stonewall and Swisher County.
Storms are still expected for Sunday.