Scattered showers, thunderstorms to continue overnight

Published: Jun. 1, 2022 at 2:00 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2022 at 5:12 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - update 5:13 p.m. - To this point the most intense thunderstorms have been in Lea County, southwest of Hobbs, moving to the ESE. The front has made steady progress south, which is why it’s cloudy and relatively cool in Lubbock. The front now is roughly just north of Seminole, Lamesa and Snyder. The greater severe risk remains south of the front. There have also been a few other showers and storms farther north, much weaker.

update 3:45 p.m. - It’s cooled off here in Lubbock, now that the front is just south of town. There are some showers and thunderstorms developing farther north, from Littlefield to Silverton. The severe risk is lower where it’s cooler, though some hail is possible. We’re also watching the first storms developing near Brownfield, moving to the east.

update 3:25 p.m. - The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the southern South Plains, Southeast New Mexico and Permian Basin, in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 1.

The watch is roughly Tatum, NM eastward to Plains, Brownfield, Tahoka, Plains and Jayton and locations to the south, shown in green.

Severe thunderstorm watch for counties in green until 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 1.
Severe thunderstorm watch for counties in green until 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 1.(KCBD)

The watch means there is the potential for large hail and damaging wind in the coming hours. The watch details show the most intense storms will be capable of gusts to 80mph, hail to 3″ diameter and a tornado. While this will not be every storm, there is enough instability for significant severe weather somewhere within or near the watch.

posted 1:50 p.m. - Another round of thunderstorms is expected across parts of the KCBD viewing area this afternoon and evening. Yesterday’s storms were focused over the northeastern half of the area; today’s severe weather threat is mainly focused to the southwest.

As of 1:30 p.m., a front stretches from near Plains to Lubbock to south of Paducah. South of this front the air is warmer and more humid, providing for a good bit of instability. The front may edge southward a little more. North of the front there are more clouds and it’s cooler. Visible satellite also shows an outflow boundary near White River Lake, Post and Snyder, moving westward.

Surface map as of 1:50 p.m.
Surface map as of 1:50 p.m.(KCBD)

We keep a close eye on these surface boundaries because they can help enhance storm organization. An upper-level disturbance will likely pass across the region, helping a few showers and storms to go up.

We expect the first thunderstorms to develop somewhere around 3-4 p.m., anywhere from Southeast New Mexico to the central South Plains, including Lubbock. Later into the evening, additional storms will likely develop, scattered across the area.

Large hail and damaging wind are the primary severe weather risks today. Like yesterday, the most intense storms will be capable of producing hail around the size of baseballs. There is also a low potential for a tornado in the area.

Reminder that watches are issued when there is the possibility for severe weather. Warnings mean severe weather is happening.

Check back for updates through today here and on KCBD NewsChannel 11.

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