On the southern side of a major winter storm, severe thunderstorms race eastward from Texas and Oklahoma to Alabama by later Thursday night.
Initially, large hail will be the main threat from storms through Thursday morning. During the day Thursday, the threat will evolve to include damaging winds and tornadoes.
AccuWeather.com meteorologist Anthony Sagliani details the timing and impacts of these storms.
8:50 a.m. CST Thursday: The line of storms that people need to watch just moved through Dallas. The storms caused heavy rain and wind gusts between 30 and 40 mph. The line is moving east and will cause problems, like damaging wind and hail, in its path. A tornado is not out of the question. The strongest storms will be this afternoon and evening over extreme eastern Texas and into Louisiana.
7:55 a.m. CST Thursday: “Severe weather over the next few hours is going to focus around College Station down to Houston,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Henry Margusity said. “That is where the greatest inflow of moisture is right now.”
6:20 a.m. CST Thursday: The line of thunderstorms will head into Dallas within the next hour. Torrential downpours may slow the morning commute. Hail and gusty winds are also possible.
3:25 a.m. CST Thursday: A line of thunderstorms has developed from just west of Wichita Falls to south of San Angelo and is pushing eastward. The area to the east in central Texas is being monitored for a possible tornado watch.
1:36 a.m. CST Thursday: While not uncommon, it isn’t everyday that thunderstorms occur when it is in the mid 30s! This is exactly what is happening in Oklahoma this hour. Strong thunderstorms producing small hail are approaching Oklahoma City while thundersnow and “thundersleet” has been reported to the north and west.
11:25 p.m. CST Wednesday: Thunderstorms have erupted over the Texas Panhandle. The storms are expected to strengthen overnight as warm, moist air surges northward. Through the night, the main threat will be large hail. There is the potential for a severe thunderstorm watch to be issued early Thursday morning.
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