Severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. for Lubbock, much of Sou - FOX34 Lubbock

Storms depart area after bringing welcome rain, some hail

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update 10:01 p.m. - Storms have pushed east of our area. There was some welcome rain for much of our area. Through 10 p.m. it's been up to 3/4" of rain at White River Lake and Roaring Springs, more than 1/2" at Spur and Ralls. Totals were spotty and lower around Lubbock, since the storms moved through pretty quickly. 

There were some 1" hail reports around Lubbock and scattered around the South Plains. Earlier in the day there were some strong wind gusts.

update 8:08 p.m. - A large severe warning has been issued for the Rolling Plains. The strongest parts of these storms could produce 1" to 1.5" hail and 60mph wind gusts. The severe storm over Lubbock has moved farther east, out of the city. 

update 7:10 p.m. - Severe thunderstorm warning for Lubbock until 8 p.m. 60mph wind and hail to the size of quarters is possible.

update 6:35 p.m. - Scattered storms are moving across the area now, each producing some gusty wind. Warnings are in effect to the northeast, around Matador. This is where there's better storm organization for 60+mph gusts and possibly 1" hail. 

update 4:38 p.m. - Severe thunderstorm warning for a storm near Lorenzo. It includes far eastern Lubbock, Crosby, southern Floyd and SW Motley counties. This storm could produce 70mph gusts as it quickly moves NE. Another severe warning has been issue for a storm north of Plainview, moving toward Silverton. 

update 4:06 p.m. - Good news is so far we haven't had any large hail reports over Lubbock. Most recently it's been pea-size hail. We are noting new development near Slaton. Everything is moving from SW to NE.

update 3:48 p.m. - A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for eastern Hockley, Lubbock and southern Hale counties until 4:30 p.m.. Initially this is for 1" hail and 60mph wind, but we expect the storm to strengthen as it moves northeast.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 10 p.m. for Lubbock and much of the South Plains, areas in green below: 

The main concern with storms that develop today is large hail and damaging wind. Some gusts could be in excess of 70mph. Not everyone in the watch will get a severe storm; the watch means you need to be prepared for severe weather. If a warning is issued for area it means severe weather is imminent. 

The dry line has been mixing east. The humidity gradient isn't terribly sharp right now...meaning there isn't a stark difference in dew points. But, as expected, greatest humidity and surface instability is over the Rolling Plains. This is where there is the greater risk for very large hail and damaging wind.

TONIGHT: Mostly clear to partly cloudy, low near 60. There could be some fog, especially over the eastern part of our area. 

TOMORROW: The dry line will mix farther east, leading to a hot and breezy day here. High near 91. A few storms are possible over the Rolling Plains well east of Lubbock.

FRIDAY: A front will move in from the north. There will probably be some storms developing in the region, but we're not sure where the front will be by the afternoon. For now, we have a slight chance for storms here. If the front makes better progress then the storms will be farther south. With a front and dry line in the region, there will probably be some severe thunderstorms. But again...we don't have a good grasp yet on whether that will be here or closer to Abilene.

WEEKEND: Slight chance for a few storms Saturday, though latest data is showing this will all wind up well east of us. Things look quiet to begin next week, with the next shot at some thunderstorms mid-week.

Check back here as well as on FOX34, FOX34 NewsNow and on the radio for updates.

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