Parts of Texas and the high Plains will be hammered by severe thunderstorms tonight.
Late in the day on Monday, damaging hail-producing thunderstorms erupted across northern and central Texas. Some of the hailstones that fell were as large as tennis balls and baseballs.
Many of the same areas will have another round of severe weather within the next several hours.
Cities in the threat zone for strong thunderstorms include Amarillo, Lubbock, Wichita Falls, Fort Worth and Dallas. Residents in these areas will need to watch for the development of dangerous thunderstorms today.
Thunderstorms were already targeting the panhandle of Texas this morning and will continue to track to the south and east into tonight.
A stationary boundary draped across the state will provide the focus for which thunderstorms can continue to ignite and thrive. With plenty of moisture in place south of the boundary due to southeasterly winds off the Gulf of Mexico, sunshine and daytime heating will quickly create an atmosphere that is prime for thunderstorms to become strong and perhaps severe.
The high Plains will also become the target of severe thunderstorms during the evening as humid air from the Gulf of Mexico clashes with much drier air over the Rockies. Denver, Colo., to Rapid City, S.D., are included in the zone at risk for nasty thunderstorms.
One of the greatest severe weather threats with the storms into tonight will be very large hail. Hailstones will have the potential to grow to the size of tennis balls and baseballs before falling out of the sky and slamming to the earth.
The strongest thunderstorms that develop will also be capable of blinding downpours and locally damaging wind gusts that can bring down trees and power lines.
There can also be an isolated tornado or two that touches down. Areas that have the highest risk for a tornado will be those very close to the stationary boundary, where the spin in the atmosphere is enhanced.
Be sure to have a plan of action in place before severe weather threatens. Take all of the necessary precautions to ensure your safety during a dangerous thunderstorm.
As always, keep checking back with AccuWeather.com for all of the latest severe weather happenings and updates.
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