Reporting Jeff Ray
Filed underStorm Team Blog
MILD AND WINDY TO START THE WEEK
Lows tonight will drop down in the low 60′s, rather mild for early April. Highs tomorrow are right back in the 70′s. Just like today where the clouds stick around it’ll be in the lower 70′s. Where the sun breaks out in the afternoon it’ll be in the 80′s. Expect another day of strong winds out of the south:
SPRING STORM OUTBREAK AHEAD
Its a classic storm set up for the central and southern plains over the next three days. A strong surface low forms on the front range of the Rockies, this “Panhandle Hook” runs toward the Great Lakes and drags a cold front into north Texas. Ahead of the front the dryline from our west is pushed into the warm, moist gulf air that has been tapped from this persistent and strong south wind.
These storms could produce supercells that produce large hail, isolated tornadoes and damaging winds in our western counties from Brown County up to Montague.
SEVERE WEATHER THREATENS METRO AREA TUESDAY NIGHT
Tuesday night the first of two cold fronts arrives breaking the cap apart and starting a squall line of storms that sweep over north Texas. Isolated tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail are possible from this line of storms. This activity will continue late into the night into Wednesday morning.
A second round of rain and storms could sweep through as the main cold front rushes in to join the first one (the first one will slow down as the low pressure system driving it slows and strengthens).
Right now it looks like a wet morning commute on Wednesday. Highs will be barely in the 60′s (in fact the European model drops temperatures to the 40′s by afternoon!).
We should start to clear out Wednesday afternoon. Morning lows in the metro area on Thursday morning will drop to the low 40′s. After another day in the 60′s on Thursday we’ll have lows get all the way down to the mid-30′s along the Red River on Friday morning. It should stay in the low 40′s around the metro area that morning.
Its April so we’ll recovery quickly from this cold spell. Highs on Friday will reach into the low 70′s. We’ll have a warm and sunny weekend ahead of us.
Below you can find the severe weather threat zones for the next three days ahead. There could be a significant outbreak of severe weather across Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. North of the low there is going to be a blizzard across parts of South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska.