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Texas Panhandle-Oklahoma at high risk for tornado outbreak. What DFW could see Monday

In the Texas Panhandle and parts of Oklahoma, this could be one of those days.

The Storm Prediction Center placed those areas under a high risk (5 on a scale of 5) for super cell storms.

“An outbreak of tornadoes, some potentially long-track and violent, is expected today into this evening over portions of northwest Texas into western and central Oklahoma,” the Storm Prediction Center forecast said. “More isolated but still potentially dangerous severe weather, including tornadoes and destructive winds and hail, is possible in surrounding parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas.”

The Storm Prediction Center warned everyone in those areas to be prepared to take cover.

“The best we can scientifically tell, this has the hallmarks of past notable tornado outbreaks,” tweeted Jared Guyer, a lead forecaster at the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

What’s in store for the Dallas-Fort Worth area isn’t as certain.

But it appears the cap, a layer of warm air aloft, has strengthened. The cap should make it harder for storms to develop Monday afternoon across North Texas.

If any storms were able to form and punch a hole through the cap, they could go severe quickly.

The Storm Prediction Center has the Dallas-Fort Worth area under a slight risk for severe storms (2 on a scale of 5.).

Whether storms form or not, it will be windy.

A wind advisory is in effect until 1 a.m. Tuesday for the western half of North Texas, including Tarrant and Dallas counties with 20-30 mph wind speeds and gusts up to 40 mph.

There will be another chance for severe storms overnight between midnight and 7 a.m. Tuesday that could bring damaging winds. That line of storms is expected to move east of Dallas by mid morning Tuesday.

“These storms will maintain a risk of large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes through the night in some areas,” the Storm Prediction Center said.

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