MONITORING: Strong/severe storms in Central Texas slated to scrape the northern edge of the Brazos Valley Wednesday night

Keep your PinPoint Weather App handy through Thursday morning.
Published: Mar. 24, 2021 at 11:06 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 24, 2021 at 11:11 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Turn on your notifications and set your phone/weather radios to loud before you head to bed tonight, especially for folks along and north of Highway 79 in the Northern Brazos Valley. A few rounds of strong-to-severe storms are expected to push across Central Texas Wednesday night/pre-sunrise Thursday morning, scraping the northern edge of Milam, Robertson, and Leon counties as they track to the northeast.

11pm Update

A new Tornado Watch has been issued from the Red River to the Texas-Mexico border until 4am Thursday. This bumps up to, but does NOT include, Milam, Robertson, Leon, and Lee Counties.

Strong-to-severe thunderstorms are anticipated to reach the I-35 corridor by 2am. Those storms will either scrape just north of or pass through parts of Milam and Robertson Counties.

Severe weather is not a concern for much of the Brazos Valley tonight. Those north or along of Highway 79 will need to have a way to receive weather alerts while they sleep, in the chance that storms slip anywhere from 10 to 20 miles further south than anticipated.

NEW details can be found in the video above.

9pm Update

The current Tornado Watch in place just north of the Brazos Valley is set to expire at 10pm. There is new storm development happening tonight across the Edwards Plateau and through the far western reaches of the Hill Country. According to the Storm Prediction Center, there is a 95% chance that a new watch will be issued ahead of the 10pm hour. The type -- tornado or severe thunderstorm -- is still be be seen.

While most of the real estate covered by this watch is expected to remain west of the Brazos Valley, a few of the western counties in our area could be included. Details as they come down from the Storm Prediction Center.

Eyes turn to Central Texas Wednesday evening as the first of two rounds of showers and thunderstorms develops west of the I-35 corridor. This strong/severe activity capable of producing large hail, damaging winds, and even a few tornadoes should just bypass the Brazos Valley to the north by or just after midnight. A Tornado Watch is in effect just north and west of the Brazos Valley until 10pm Wednesday night.

Round number two flares up in West Texas around midnight, tracking to the northeast through the early morning hours of Thursday. The latest trends once again suggest that this round of strong/severe storms barely scrapes the far northern reaches of Milam, Robertson, and Leon counties. Should those storms drift ever so slightly to the south, we’ll need to monitor for these strong-to-severe storms to move into portions of the Northern Brazos Valley between 3am and 5am. A large hail, damaging wind, and isolated tornado threat will be the concern with these stronger storms.

Hail, damaging winds, and an isolated tornado will be the biggest threats with Wednesday...
Hail, damaging winds, and an isolated tornado will be the biggest threats with Wednesday night's severe weather.(KBTX)

A cold front then moves into the Brazos Valley around sunrise Thursday morning, kicking up a gusty wind upwards of 40 mph+ as it does so. While the overall severe threat with the front itself is on the low end, we’ll monitor a line of showers with a few embedded thunderstorms that accompany the boundary. The front clears us out from west to east, bringing back the sunshine for the rest of the day as afternoon highs climb into the mid 70s.

It's a soggy and windy start Thursday, but more sunshine returns into the afternoon helping...
It's a soggy and windy start Thursday, but more sunshine returns into the afternoon helping daytime highs head for the mid 70s.(KBTX)

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