Storm information, severe weather forecast for Lubbock, South Plains on Friday

LUBBOCK, Texas – The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for parts of Oklahoma and Texas through 10 p.m. Friday.

“Any thunderstorm that develops would be capable of producing large hail up to 3″ in diameter and strong straight-line winds up to 75 mph,” the NWS website said.

Thunderstorm warnings were issued beginning at 6:51 p.m. (See highlights ahead for more information.)

NWS released information earlier in the day on Friday about the possibility of hazardous weather in the Southern Plains, Rolling Plains and far southern Texas Panhandle. Counties in the weather forecast included Parmer, Castro, Swisher, Briscoe, Hall, Childress, Bailey, Lamb, Hale, Floyd, Motley, Cottle, Cochran, Hockley, Lubbock, Crosby, Dickens, King, Yoakum, Terry, Lynn, Garza , Kent and Stonewall Counties.

“Thunderstorms, some severe, will be possible in areas of Caprock this afternoon and evening. The main dangers associated with the storms that form will be hail up to the size of baseballs and damaging wind gusts of up to 70 mph. Although low, the threat of tornadoes and localized flooding cannot be ruled out,” the NWS said.

According to the National Weather Service, a wind advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday.

“Strong southerly winds are expected for most of the day, with sustained winds between 25 and 35 mph and gusts up to 50 mph possible across Caprock and Rolling Plains,” the NWS website said.

According to the NWS, Saturday’s dry and windy weather would pose a critical fire danger, so a fire weather watch will be in effect from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. NWS data showed wind speeds could be close to 30 mph for some areas. .

Strong points

  • 5:55 Windy conditions will exist for much of Friday, with winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph expected. Thunderstorms will be possible Friday afternoon and evening, with large hail and winds up to 70 mph being the biggest threat, but tornadoes and localized flooding are possible.
  • 2:32 p.m. There is a risk of thunderstorms this evening. As the odds diminish the further south you go, any storm that forms can be expected to become severe. Also watch for strong winds of 30-40 mph tonight!
  • 4:04 p.m. A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of Oklahoma and Texas until 10:00 p.m. CDT
  • 5:25 p.m. A few thunderstorms are beginning to develop between Amherst and Levelland. These thunderstorms are expected to strengthen early this evening with the threat of large hail and damaging winds.
  • 6:51 p.m.. Severe thunderstorm warning including Tulia TX, Olton TX, Seth Ward TX until 7:30 p.m. CDT
  • 7:29 p.m. Severe thunderstorm warning including Tulia TX, Happy TX, Kaffir TX until 8:00 PM CDT

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