• Large Hail
- Damaging Winds
- A Few Tornadoes
• Frequent Lightning
Good morning everyone, wanted to give a quick update on what to expect from today's storms. As of this morning, the "enhanced" risk region no longer covers most of North Texas, and instead just covers the Red River counties down in to Dallas and Tarrant, but only a small sliver in the extreme North of those cointies, leaving the rest of North Texas under a "Slight" risk. However, this does not mean we can let our guard down for counties outside of the "Enhanced" risk areas, folks inside of the "Slight" risk area need to pay close attention as well.
The brownish orange colored outline represents the "Enhanced" risk area, the yellow colored outline represents the "Slight" risk area.
Threats today may include:
• Large Hail
• Frequent Lightning
Forecast Timing for today's storms is between 4 PM and 12 AM.
As we approach the end of the work week, we may begin to see travel and road conditions begin to deteriorate as a winter storm moves into North Texas. This event is much different than the last winter precipitation event the saw just last week, and models are showing close to a 100% chance that we will see wintry precipitation in North Texas, as well as icy and slick roadways (this includes the DFW Metroplex) late this week. We will break down the timing and what to expect of this winter weather event in this blog post.
Below is an image from the NWS website showing the area where a winter storm watch has been issued (counties shaded in blue are under a winter storm watch):
Enjoy the beautiful, warm day while we have it. Tomorrow, on Wednesday, we will see mostly sunny skies across the region with highs in the upper 70's and a wind out of the Southwest at around 5 to 10 mph.
During the overnight hours Wednesday night, we begin to cool off and see lows around the upper 30's by midnight Thursday morning. A cold rain will begin to move into North Texas overnight, late, freezing rain is not expected.
During the day on Thursday, we could still be seeing some cold rain around the region during the morning hours, however Northern areas of North Texas could see some freezing rain, lasting until around noon. After noon, we may see a break in precipitation until the late afternoon hours roll around.
Thursday afternoon, the precipitation will return and we could begin to see freezing rain and ice around North Texas in the areas shaded in purple, THIS INCLUDES THE METROPLEX, however, areas Southeast of Dallas and Fort Worth will most likely see only a cold rain.
Overnight Thursday, we will see temperatures dipping down into the 30's & 20's in most areas and freezing rain turning to ice continuing overnight into Friday morning. Be sure to give yourself extra time during you morning commute as roadways, especially elevated roadways, could and most likely have ice on them. Also, be extra cautious of 'black ice' as well, black is ice that is not visible but does pose a risk to lose control of your vehicle.
There will also be a possibility to see some more wintry precipitation on Friday, and on into the weekend. I will have another blog post to break down the timing and chances later on.
What should we expect from this winter storm?
> Cold front arrives Wednesday.
> Freezing rain begins Thursday night, lasting into Friday.
> Poor road conditions, slow morning commute on Friday.
> More winter precip. possible over the weekend.
> Possible power outages, icy roads, and likelihood of having to remain at home for several days.
Stay with North Texas Storm Center for the latest on the winter storm as it closes in on North Texas!
Images from NWS Ft. Worth Website:
A diagram of tornado alley's rough location (red)
Well, it's that time of year, Spring! While it is an absolutely amazing time to watch all of the new plant life bloom, it is also is a time when we have to watch the skies as well. As many of us North Texans know, North Texas can be a very dangerous place come spring time.. mainly because we're in a region know as 'Tornado Alley'. In case you might not know what Tornado Alley is, Tornado Alley is the region in the United States where most of the tornadoes reported annually occur. North Texas just happens to lie right inside of 'Tornado Alley'. Tornado Alley includes the states of Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois & Missouri. The main reason that 90% of tornadoes hit this region of the U.S because cold, dry air from Canada and the Rocky Mountains meets warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and hot, dry air from the Sonoran Desert, which causes atmospheric instability, heavy precipitation, and many intense thunderstorms.
Since I live in Tornado Alley, what preparedness actions should I take?
Stock photo of extensive tornado damage to a home.
Well, the first thing to note is that tornadoes don't jest happen in the Spring. Tornadoes can occur any time of day, any day of the year so you need to make sure that you are prepared and stay prepared year round and be ready to act at a moments notice. The first preparedness action you should take for a tornado is that you have a safe place to go should a tornado occur. The safest place to be is an an underground shelter, basement or a safe room, however, if there is no safe room, underground shelter or basement available then you should go to a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building. "What if I live in a mobile home?" Well here's the thing about mobile homes, they are not safe at all from tornadoes. They can easily be picked up and thrown around like a toddler throwing his toy cars about. If you are in a mobile home during a tornado, abandon it and go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately. "But, what if I'm caught outside during a tornado?" If you are caught outside in the event of a tornado, try to find a sturdy building, storm shelter or basement to seek shelter in. If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter, immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seatbelt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. You have the following options as a last resort; a. stay in your vehicle with the seatbelt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering your hands with a blanket if possible. or b. if you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car, and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.. your choice should be driven by your specific circumstances. Just remember, to always have a plan in place as severe weather and tornadoes can strike ANY TIME, ANY DAY OF THE YEAR.
Severe Weather Preparedness Guides
Below I have attached links to some severe weather safety guides from The Red Cross and The National Weather Service. Click 'read more' to view the guide links.