Severe weather likely for the Panhandle

From the Storm Search 7 Command Center

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8:30p Update From the National Weather Service in Amarillo:Severe thunderstorms with large hail up to the size of golf balls and damaging winds up to 70 mph are possible across the west half of the Panhandles mainly before 2 am CDT. An isolated tornado is possible. Thunderstorms will increase in coverage throughout the night, mainly affect the west half of the Panhandles, and then form a line somewhere near a Guymon to Amarillo line by 4 am CDT

6:30p Update A Tornado WATCH is now in effect until 2am for the central and western Panhandles including the cities of Amarillo, Canyon, Guymon, Dumas, Dalhart, Vega, Hereford, Spearman, Borger and Stratford.

Large hail and damaging winds are still the primary severe weather hazard tonight, but isolated tornadoes will also be possible from the most severe t-storms.

Stay tuned to Storm Search 7 for updates throughout the night and early Saturday

4:00p Update Everything appears to still be coming together for the first severe weather event that we have seen this Fall and one of the very few severe weather events that we have had so far this year! Most of TGI Friday will be fairly quiet; however, this will change dramatically Friday afternoon and evening as a very strong, upper-level storm system to our west sends a large pocket of cold air aloft in our direction. The KVII Computer Forecast Model indicates the possibility of strong and severe t-storms developing by Friday afternoon across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and pushing eastward through the overnight hours. The storms could be capable of producing large hail, damaging winds and if enough wind shear is present, isolated tornadoes. Be sure and stay tuned to Storm Search 7 for the latest on this potential severe weather event and how it could affect the Friday night high school football games being held across the region! Otherwise, partly cloudy skies are likely overhead on TGI Friday with high temperatures topping out in the 77-83 degree range by late day.

Very strong southerly winds will blow throughout the day and evening at speeds around 20-30mph with some gusts upwards of 40-50mph possible! Remember that the winds could be even stronger both in and near any t-storms! Average rainfall amounts Friday night and early Saturday will be generous and average .25 to .75 of an inch with isolated, heavier totals upwards of 1-2 inches with the slower moving and stronger t-storms.

2:30p Update Skies have cleared up over the western two-thirds of the Panhandles causing plenty of sun and heat to go with the very tropical atmosphere in place.

Storms are still expected to develop after 4 p.m. along a Guymon to Friona line. The Storm Prediction Center has upped our tornado chances from two to five percent and increased the threat of damaging winds and hail as well.

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