updated 10:28 p.m. - A new severe warning has been issued for the strong storm we've watched for hours. It could produce up to golf ball-size hail from eastern Lynn into western Garza counties.
Farther west...there are several strong storms in southern New Mexico. Those are moving east and will move across our area through the early morning hours. Severe thunderstorm watch continues until 2 a.m.
updated 8:08 p.m. - We've watched a well-organized storm for more than an hour that developed near Seminole. The tornado warning has expired, but it's still a serious storm likely with large hail. Right now it's in eastern Gaines County, moving ENE.
Closer to Lubbock we've had some heavy rain and lightning, along with small hail. We are under a severe thunderstorm watch in Lubbock, but these storms are not currently severe. The severe concern is the storm west of Lamesa.
updated 6:40 p.m. - A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 2 a.m. for Lubbock and parts of the South Plains and Rolling Plains.
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of Oklahoma and Texas until 2 AM CDT pic.twitter.com/ouf767vEw7— NWS Lubbock (@NWSLubbock) April 22, 2019
The primary risk is hail of 1" to 2" diameter and wind gusts of 60 to 70mph.
SEVERE WEATHER POTENTIAL: Some severe storms are possible late this afternoon into this evening. Make sure you have multiple ways to receive warnings. A watch is issued for the potential of severe weather. A warning is issued when severe weather is happening.
A cold front pushed south of Lubbock this morning. As of mid-afternoon it's roughly somewhere between US 180 (Hobbs to Snyder) and I-20. South of the front there's more humidity and warmer air. This is likely where storms will initially develop, then move to the northeast.
Even though much of our area is north of the front, it doesn't mean we won't get severe weather. Storms will likely develop near I-20 then move to the northeast. Storms in our area should be elevated, leading to mainly a risk of 1" to 2" hail and gusts to 60mph. Coverage of storms should be fairly limited late afternoon into early evening.
Then, later tonight into early Tuesday storms should become more widespread across our area. There might be some severe hail stones, though the risk is a little bit lower than this afternoon. There will likely be heavy rain.
TUESDAY: We'll see waves of rain through the day. It won't rain continuously, but it's a good chance for rain throughout the day. And it should be rain more than thunderstorms, though a few lightning strikes can't be ruled out. The severe weather risk tomorrow will shift south, roughly from Eunice to Midland to Abilene to Fort Worth. It'll stay cloudy and cool here, high near 63.
LATER THIS WEEK: Still cool and mostly cloudy with a chance for rain Wednesday, high near 65. Then it'll turn sunny and warmer. Both days this weekend will be up near 90.
Check back here for more updates through tonight. We'll also have needed information on TV and radio.