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    Severe Storms to Rumble Across Texas Tonight

    By By Bill Deger, Meteorologist
    April 11, 2012, 12:55:14 AM EDT

    A few powerful thunderstorms will be on the prowl into this evening across Texas as dry air clashes with warm and humid air this holiday weekend.

    Large hail and damaging wind gusts will be the largest threats faced from storms, which could impact several large cities including San Angelo, Midland and Abilene.

    Parts of eastern Oklahoma and the Ozarks of Arkansas could be threatened by the storms tonight as well.

    Into this evening, storms will continue to erupt across parts of western Texas and central Oklahoma.

    A widespread outbreak of severe weather is not expected, but rather strong storms will form in a "popcorn" nature, dotting the landscape over the next few hours.

    Thunderstorms this afternoon have already produced hail to the size of golfballs about 5 miles south of Hamlin, Tex. while 1.5 inch diameter hail was reported near Neinda, Tex.


    The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, parts of which were devastated by tornadoes earlier in the week, will largely be spared of any thunderstorm threat through the evening hours. However, some gusty and drenching storms will be possible come late tonight and on Easter Sunday.

    In addition to the threat of hail and strong winds, lightning and torrential downpours will accompany every storm.

    While the threat into tonight appears very low, an isolated tornado can never be ruled out in the strongest thunderstorms.

    Residents will also have to deal with more storms come Easter Sunday. As the front slowly pushes off to the south and east, showers and storms will persist from Texas into the Mississippi Valley.

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