3:15 PM CDT | May 26, 2019
Severe weather is breaking out again across the Texas Panhandle today. There is a moderate risk of severe weather for this part of the state into tonight. It is surrounded by an enhanced risk that extends southward near Lubbock. From there, a slight risk extends eastward to Childress and southward through Midland and Odessa. Needless to say, the greatest risk will be across the Texas Panhandle and parts of West Texas. Very Large Hail, Damaging Winds, and a few Tornadoes are likely across the risk area. A Strong Tornado will be possible, particularly in the moderate risk.
The good news is that, while a risk for severe weather will exist tomorrow, it will be MUCH lower than today. Only a marginal risk is highlighted for the western part of the state on Memorial Day. Nonetheless, I would still advise those who have outdoor activities to keep an eye on the weather. Our next weather-maker begins to impact the state on Tuesday. The main piece of energy will slide to our north, but enough lift will extend into Northwest Texas for a few severe storms. This will be refined over the next 48 hours.
Of greater concern will be when a second piece of energy swings into the state on Wednesday (May 29, 2019). There are differences among the models in the strength and timing of this disturbance. These differences will impact the magnitude of Wednesday's severe weather risk. Right now, there is a slight risk highlighted for North Central Texas. There is the potential for greater severe probabilities in later outlooks, depending on this second piece of energy. It will need to be monitored as a frontal boundary will also be in play. In addition to severe weather, more flooding will be a concern. All of this will be refined over the next few days.
Please continue to keep those who have been impacted by this season's storms in your thoughts and prayers. The city of El Reno, west of Oklahoma City, was hit by an EF-3 tornado last night. Two people were killed by the tornado. Very sad situation up there. For the latest local weather information for your area, please visit the National Weather Service website. You can 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.