Severe watch east this evening, much cooler Friday - FOX34 Lubbock

Severe watch east this evening, much cooler Friday

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There is the potential for some severe thunderstorms well northeast of Lubbock. Here is current FOX34 VIPIR:

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A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for areas in green until 10 this evening. This is roughly Turkey to Spur and points east. Main risk is large hail, though damaging wind is also possible. The risk at the western edge of the watch is mainly through 7 p.m., then will spread farther east through the evening.

 


posted 4:18 p.m. - There is very dry air over the western South Plains, with the dew point in the teens to 30s. Around Lubbock there is a little more humidity. But the good humidity for storms is farther east, where the dew point is in the 50s and 60s, here is the current map:

As of 4 p.m. the Storm Prediction Center has highlighted the eastern Panhandle, northern Rolling Plains and western Oklahoma with the potential for severe storm development, circled in blue. A severe watch will likely be issued for parts of this region next few hours.

For areas on the Caprock it's a hot and dry day, with a strong west wind and the temperature in the 90s. The wildfire risk is high today. Farther east, where any storms develop they will quickly move off to the east. 

TONIGHT: A cold front will move across the area with a strong north wind. The with will likely climb up to around 30mph. This front will usher in much cooler air. Low in the morning near 51.

TOMORROW: Mostly sunny and cooler, high near 67. The wind will be strongest in the morning, becoming easterly around 15mph by late in the day.

WEEKEND: A cool start Saturday, in the lower 40s. Mid 70s Saturday and Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Humidity will return to the region and there is a chance for a few storms Monday and Tuesday. It's not a great chance at this point, but better than nothing. Also, severe weather parameters aren't too impressive. More than anything, this could be some welcome rain for at least parts of our area.

There is greater discrepancy in the computer guidance on whether we'll have humidity in place for storms Wednesday. It'll trend hotter through the middle of next week.

Have a great rest of your day. Bobby will have a full update early tomorrow.
-Matt

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