2:10 PM CDT | May 1, 2019
There is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 8:00 PM for western parts of North Texas. There are a few strong to severe storms ongoing. A tornado was confirmed earlier to the south of Seymour, or about 60 miles N/NE of Abilene. This activity is forming near a frontal boundary across Northwest Texas and also near an outflow boundary intersection in the Red River Valley, west of Gainesville. This outflow boundary stretches southeast through McKinney and east of Dallas. These features will play a role in storm development and intensity through this evening.
An enhanced risk for severe weather remains for much of the area. Expect this afternoon activity to grow upscale into a cluster or two. This will track eastward across the region this evening and into tonight. Right now, the greatest storm chances for the immediate Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex appears to be from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. This is not to say strong to severe storms cannot occur before this time, but that the greater chance will be this evening. Large hail ranging from the size of quarters to baseballs, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes will be the risks into tonight. Hail sizes will come down (quarters to ping pong balls) after sunset as storms become more linear in nature. As this occurs, the risk for damaging winds will increase.
As mentioned over the last few days, not everyone who is at risk will see severe weather. The potential does exist, however, especially across the enhanced risk area. Make sure you have a way to get the latest watch and warning information into tonight. The best way to get this information is via a weather radio. Another great resource worth bookmarking is the following page: http://texasstormwatch.com/national-weather-service-product-feeds.html. Just click your county, and you can see the latest products issued by your local National Weather Service office. It is great to have in the background on your desktop or mobile browser.
Remember, a watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. A warning means that severe weather is imminent or is already occurring and to seek shelter immediately. For the latest local weather information for your area, please visit the National Weather Service website. You can also find Texas Storm Watch on Facebook. To help make sure you do not miss any updates, LIKE the Facebook page and join the Facebook group.