UPDATED: Storms moving across South Plains - FOX34 Lubbock

UPDATED: Storms moving across South Plains

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updated 8:07 p.m. - A large warning covers parts of the Rolling Plains for the potential for 70mph wind gusts. Good news is there is also some heavy rain falling from this slow-moving line. Nearly 2" of rain has fallen at Caprock Canyons State Park, with the rain still falling. It was much less around Lubbock, about 1/20" to 1/10". Elsewhere there have been heavier totals in the area. 

updated 6:37 p.m. - Storms have weakened around the South Plains. There could later be some strengthening, but right now we see some brief heavy rainfall and gusty wind, without a severe threat. Closest warning is SE of Lamesa.

updated 5:44 p.m. - Severe warning has been issued for much of Lubbock, the northern half of Lubbock County into southern Hale County as well as far eastern Hockley County. 1" hail and 60mph wind are possible. There have also been a few reports of gustnadoes. These brief spin-ups don't last long and are not the same as a tornado. Concern from storms today is strong wind and hail. 

updated 5:09 p.m. - We have scattered severe storms over the western South Plains. All of these are for about 1" hail and 60mph gust potential. A new warning has been issued for NE Hockley, SE Lamb and NW Lubbock counties. This is just NW of Lubbock. Also, some of these storms are kicking up a lot of dust. Don't try to drive through thick dust when you can't see in front of you. Storms are moving from SW to NE. 

updated 4:11 p.m. - A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 11 p.m. for Lubbock and the South Plains, areas in green below.


The Storm Prediction Center notes some storms will be capable of damaging wind, with isolated gusts to 75mph . And hail of at least 1" diameter will be possible from storms, with isolated reports of larger than 2" hail. 

Right now storms are below severe limits, but will likely get stronger over the next hour or so, prompting warnings. Storms are moving from SW to NE. 

updated 3:37 p.m. - Storms are developing over the western South Plains now. The Storm Prediction Center will likely issue a severe watch for much of our area in the next hour or so. Storms will move from west to east across much of the area. 

posted 2:14 p.m. - We expect some severe thunderstorms to develop in our area this afternoon and evening, spreading from west to east.

At mid-afternoon it's warmed into the upper 80s with 90s to the southwest. There also is quite a bit of humidity, with the dew point in the 60s showing muggier conditions. Here are current maps:

An upper-level disturbance is moving across the region, which might actually be too early before things warm up fully. As it moves through it provides lift, then is followed by sinking air. That said, all the short-range computers are showing storm development. There is a lot of energy available for storms to become organized.

We think they'll first develop over the western South Plains next couple hours, then will spread east. The most intense storms will be capable of producing large hail and damaging wind. Storms should be out of the area by late this evening/tonight.

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, low near 64. Wind SE 5-15mph. There will probably be some low clouds in the morning.

TOMORROW: Clouds early should give way to some sun, high near 90. If the clouds don't break, it'll only reach the 80s. Temperature range from 95 at Hobbs in the southwest to 82 at Turkey in the northeast. While it's not as good as today, there is the potential for a few showers and storms tomorrow. And a few might be strong.

LOOKING AHEAD: It'll become sunny and hotter Sunday and Monday, breezy both days, as well. We can't rule out an isolated storm either day, but the chance is low. If one does form, there won't be much humidity in place for good rain.

Then it'll turn cooler mid-week with a chance for storms either late afternoon or later at night.

Check back here for updates through the rest of today. We'll also have updates as needed on TV and the radio. Bobby will have a full forecast update posted tomorrow afternoon.

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