11:45 PM CST | February 21, 2019
North Texas remained cloudy with off and on showers (and a few storms) during the day. There were even reports of small hail across the area. Several people in the Texas Storm Watch Facebook Group reported hail in Dallas, Fort Worth, Longview, Weatherford, Cedar Hill, Rio Vista, Kilgore, and Plano. Thank you for sharing your reports with everyone! Reports and weather pictures are ALWAYS appreciated in the group.
Just as the day was ending, the sun fell below the edge of the cloud deck. This made for an amazing sunset for those near and west of I-35/35W. I was able to get a picture of the orangish-pink sky as it reflected off a pond in Fort Worth. It reminded me of some sunsets we see in the spring during storm season. Thankfully, there was nothing severe today. There is a risk for severe weather coming, mainly on Saturday. More on this below...
This is the latest outlook from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center. They have a Slight Risk for far East Texas on Saturday with a Marginal Risk just to the south and east. Texarkana and Lufkin are two cities in the Slight Risk, while Longview, Tyler, and Houston are in the Marginal Risk. Fortunately, the models have not slowed the system any further. It is a very dynamic system, and if moisture had another 6-12 hours to re-establish itself, we would be seeing a greater risk. I anticipate the bulk of the severe weather on Saturday to be east of Texas - across parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. As mentioned on the Facebook page earlier today, it will be a very breezy day for Texas with an elevated risk for fires. A High Wind Watch has been issued for parts of the Texas Panhandle and Northwest Texas beginning early Saturday morning. For the latest local weather information for your area, please visit the National Weather Service website. You can also find us on Facebook.