As expected, severe weather has ravaged the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma Panhandle, and Western Kansas....in fact over 100 storm reports have filtered in from that region for observed tornadoes, large hail (at least 1 inch in diameter), and damaging winds (at least 58 mph). There has been numerous reports of damage, mostly from tornadoes...a few houses and barns destroyed through the region, and a Halliburton plant leveled in Pampa, Texas (on the Panhandle).
Fortunate for some, the cold front has pushed through a good part of Central Texas overnight- this is good because overnight cooler temperatures can often limit the intensity of thunderstorms. Once day breaks and the land heats up while the cold front pushes into East Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana....more widespread severe storms are definitely expected.
As far as for the West-Central Texas region for today....as I write this, the cold front is visible on radar as a line from Carrizo Springs to Uvalde through Bandera & Burnet. This is bringing some rain showers and embedded thunderstorms to the region, but nothing too significant. Further east, ahead of the cold front toward College Station, isolated severe storms are already beginning to develop. The main threat for the day today in West-Central Texas will be strong winds, especially some of our locations higher in elevation (like the Marfa - Alpine- Fort Davis region) that will see very strong winds, upwards of 50 mph. Through Hill Country, expect winds gusting well into the 30's as the sun rises and begins to clear out the clouds. This brings the threat of fast-moving wildfires to the region (strong winds and very dry air behind the cold front)...so try to refrain from burning anything.
We should remain under pretty fair weather for the foreseeable future....nothing too significant on the horizon...temperatures widespread through the region are expected to reach high temperatures in the 60's and 70's, with lows in the 40's and 50's.
Dan Schreiber is an operational meteorologist, with experience