The National Weather Service is advising Texoma area residents to plan their weekend with the threat of severe weather in mind as chances for rain and storm activity continue through Sunday.
“Stay weather aware,” NWS Meteorologist Patricia Sanchez said. “Friday night, the threat will start out to the west, but may produce some isolated strong storms in the area with small hail. But during the day on Saturday, we’re looking at all possibilities when it comes to severe weather hazards.”
Speaking from the NWS’ Fort Worth field office Thursday, Sanchez said temperatures are expected to climb to 79 degrees Friday under sunny skies, but a 50 percent chance for storms will develop during the evening hours. Sanchez said the anticipated storm activity is the result of a moisture-rich, low-pressure front moving north from Mexico, combining with an east-moving front across the central U.S.
“As that front slowly moves across east overnight and into Saturday, we’ll see rain chances increasing up to 80 percent during the day,” Sanchez said.
The meteorologist said NWS could not rule out the possibility of strong winds, minor flooding and even tornadic activity on Saturday, but the severity of any storms will only be known as they further develop in the region.
“It will be dependent upon a number of factors, including the speed and the structure of the storm,” Sanchez said. “But as they get closer, we’ll be able to identify more specific hazards. So it’s especially important for people to keep an eye out for the most up-to-date reports and any watches or warnings on Saturday.”
Sanchez said temperatures will warm into the upper 70s Sunday and the chance for showers and storms will hold at 30 percent. As the larger storm system makes its way across the state, Sanchez said Central Texas and the Houston area are expected to see the highest rainfall totals.
“Right now, we’re expecting overall totals of one to two inches of rain, up here,” Sanchez said. “But it’s possible that heavy rains may repeatedly develop and fall over the same area and if that happens, we’ll likely see higher totals there. And if that begins to happen in a low-lying or flood-prone area, the people there need to watch for rising waters.”
Skies are expected to clear Monday and sunny conditions throughout the week will allow temperatures to reach the upper 70s and even low 80s.
“Pretty much all of us will see some form of rain or storms this weekend, but, after Sunday, we should be clear and have no severe weather threats for the coming week,” Sanchez said.
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