9:45 AM CDT | October 9, 2018
Right now, a line of strong to severe storms is moving through Texas and Oklahoma. Counties north of the Red River are lit up this morning. There is a Tornado Watch to our north and numerous severe weather warnings. Across Texas, there have been fewer severe storms, but there was a recent report of a Tornado in North Central Texas. At 8:26 AM, there was a report of a Tornado crossing Highway 317, north of Crawford. No other information on this Tornado is available at this time.
This squall line arrived earlier than expected, and thus, it has also tracked farther east than expected. The latest outlook from the Storm Prediction Center has areas along and east of I-35 under a Slight Risk of Severe Weather today. This appears reasonable given the trends. Damaging Winds are the primary hazard, followed by isolated Tornadoes and Hail. It is uncertain how much we will be able to destabilize today given the widespread storms and cloud cover. If we see some breaks in the clouds, we would see an increase in storm intensity and possibly some additional development later today. Wind fields and shear will continue to be favorable for severe weather into this evening. How much of this severe potential is realized will depend on the instability. Just keep an eye on the weather today if you live in or near the risk areas. Not everyone will see severe weather, but the possibility exists for those in the Slight and Marginal Risk areas.
I will post a few updates today on both the Facebook page and group. For the latest local weather information for your area, please visit the National Weather Service website. After today, we will dry out briefly before more showers and storms arrive by Saturday. We could see a few strong storms with the weekend system as well. I will take a closer look at that system tomorrow.