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Last Map Update: Wed, Mar. 22, 2017 at 7:11:17 pm CDT

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Showers and thunderstorms will develop initially over the Texas Panhandle late Thursday night in response to a potent upper-level trough digging into the Great Plains. These thunderstorms will begin to reach portions of North Texas west of U.S. Highway 281 during the very early morning hours Friday. These thunderstorms will approach the I-35 corridor and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex by morning, and push east of the Metroplex and into Central and East Texas during the afternoon hours. The severe weather threat will be low, but damaging wind gusts and small hail will be possible. The tornado threat is expected to remain very low, but an isolated tornado or two cannot be completely ruled out. Finally, the flash flooding threat should be low given the recent dry conditions, but minor flooding may still be possible in flood-prone areas.
Another upper-level trough will dig into the Great Plains on Sunday, leading to the development of a surface low over the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles. There will be a potential for thunderstorm development east of a dryline and south of a warm front, with conditions likely to be favorable for some of these thunderstorms to become severe. Confidence is increasing in this severe weather setup as models have come into better agreement. Some uncertainty still remains however, especially with regards to timing and placement of the highest threat area. Still, interests in the Southern Great Plains are advised to monitor weather forecasts over the coming days.
It will be a breezy and warm day on Thursday. Morning clouds will give way to mostly sunny conditions during the afternoon. Winds will increase quickly during the mid to late morning hours. South winds of near 20 mph with gusts around 30 mph are expected. High temperatures will generally been in the mid 80s.
The first day of Spring is this Monday March 20th, and so is the time to prepare for severe weather season. Advance planning for thunderstorms, tornadoes, damaging winds, floods, etc. requires specific safety precautions. Are you prepared for severe weather? Do you know the different terminology? Plan ahead before severe weather affect you!

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