For the past two days, North Texas residents have warned about the possibility of severe storms.
Now forecasters say there could be two rounds of storms this evening with the first one most likely to produce hail baseball size or larger.
“The storms will develop off the west and more than likely move into Tarrant County after 6 or 7 o’clock,” said Bianca Villanueva, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
“We’re thinking there’s going to be supercells and these supercells are going to produce large hail,” Villanueva said. “There’s also a concern for damaging winds and tornadoes.”
A second round of storms is also possible after 10 p.m. Wednesday that could linger into the early-morning hours.
“By sunrise, it should be clear,” Villanueva said.
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued by the National Weather Service in Fort Worth for the following North Texas Counties: Tarrant, Palo Pinto, Lampasas, Hood, Grayson, Ellis, Dallas, Comanche, Somervell, Montague, Johnson, Hill, Fannin, Eastland, Coryell, Collin, Wise, Parker, Mills, Jack, Hamilton, Erath, Denton, Cook and Bosque. The watch is set to expire at 2 a.m.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed North and Central Texas under an enhanced risk for severe storms (3 on a scale of 5).
“Scattered to numerous severe storms are expected from the Texas Panhandle to the Mid-Mississippi Valley from late afternoon through tonight, and from south-central to northeast Texas, mainly this evening into tonight,” the Storm Prediction Center said. “Very large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes are possible.”
With the uncertainty in the forecast, Villanueva said, drivers need to have a plan about where to take cover if they are out of their homes Wednesday evening. Better yet, Villanueva said everyone should just stay home.
“Put off your plans until tomorrow night,” Villanueva said.