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    Severe Weather Threat: Dallas, Austin, Oklahoma City

    By By Anthony Sagliani, Meteorologist
    March 14, 2013, 7:32:15 AM EDT

    A storm system that emerged from the Southwest on Friday will ignite powerful thunderstorms in the central Plains through Saturday.

    The thunderstorms will come in two rounds. The first round has already fired, blossoming across the Texas Panhandle in the hours just after sundown on Friday night

    Locations that were most at risk from the opening act of severe weather were across the Texas Panhandle, from Midland northward to Lubbock, Amarillo and Pampa. These are the same places that were blasted by a blizzard just two weeks ago.

    Hail the size of quarters, ping pong balls or even tennis balls were capable of breaking windows, smashing windshields and injuring unsheltered livestock.

    There was also the potential for wind gusts up to 60 mph, which likely kicked up dust, damaged siding on a few houses, and brought down tree branches or power poles.

    The second act of severe weather will open across central Texas Saturday, and this will be the main event.


    A strong jet of dry westerly winds behind a cold front will be met by moist southerly winds ahead of it from Dallas to Austin and San Antonio eastward to Tyler. A twisting motion of the lower few thousand feet of the atmosphere will be the result, with a few isolated tornadoes possible.

    There will also be the threat for destructive hail and damaging winds, in addition to blinding rain and vivid lighting.

    Farther north, a few thunderstorms will also turn severe across Oklahoma and Kansas. Places such as Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Wichita could all have hail to the size of quarters and gusty winds of 50-60 mph.

    It should be stressed, however, that the worst of the weather will be farther south across Texas.

    If you will be taking advantage of the warm weather and heading outdoors, or you will be heading to Texas for spring break, you will want to keep an eye to the sky and the forecasts. Be sure to heed any watches or warnings that might be issued.

    Keep in mind, a "watch" means there is potential for threatening weather and you should be prepared to take action. A warning means threatening weather has been observed, and you should take shelter immediately.

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