Storms weakening. Severe thunderstorm watches still in place.

Severe weather expected for southeastern counties of Brazos Valley
Severe weather expected for southeastern counties of Brazos Valley(KBTX Weather)
Published: Oct. 24, 2022 at 7:32 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2022 at 12:06 AM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - No counties are currently under severe thunderstorm warnings. Tornado watches have been allowed to expire across the Brazos Valley.

Severe thunderstorm watches continue until 3 am for Montgomery, San Jacinto, and Trinity counties.

For the first time since May 5th, a TORNADO WATCH has been issued for the Brazos Valley until 12 a.m Tuesday Strong-to-severe thunderstorms are expected to reach the Brazos Valley as a cold front moves into the area between 10 p.m. Monday and 2 a.m. Tuesday. The following counties have been included in the watch:

• Brazos • Burleson • Grimes • Houston • Madison • Milam • Robertson • Lee • Leon • Walker • Washington

While not everyone will find a strong/severe thunderstorm, those storms that do develop and/or move into the area will be capable of the following:

  • Scattered Wind Gusts up to 75mph
  • Isolated hail up to the size of Ping Pong ball
  • A couple of tornadoes are possible

10 P.M. Update

Storms are currently moving through Milam and Robertson counties. Before moving into Milam county, the line of storms created a tornadic signature near Jarrell, TX. The strong winds and lightning have caused the Fort Hood Radar Site (KGRK) to fail, meaning that the best data available to the Brazos Valley is no longer available. The National Weather Service has advised that other radars be used: the Austin/San Antonio and Houston radars.

The line of storms is moving at nearly 40 mph eastward and has a history of creating tornadic rotation already. The tornado watch continues into most of the Brazos Valley, and future tornado signatures are not out of the picture. Without the KGRK radar, little data is available to meteorologists to know if a rotating supercell is present.

The technicians at the Fort Hood Radar site have been updated and are attempting to revive the failed radar.

Through 10 p.m., a few isolated storms could develop and move through portions of the Central or Northern Brazos Valley. These discrete storms will need to be monitored for all types of severe weather, including occasional tornado concerns.

TRACK STORMS AS THEY MOVE THROUGH THE BRAZOS VALLEY WITH THE INTERACTIVE RADAR ON THE KBTX PINPOINT WEATHER APP

The more likely round of stormy weather is expected between 10 p.m. (northwest) and 2 a.m. (south-southeast) as a line of activity moves through the area. The main concern would be segments of storms that could produce damaging wind gusts at times. The occasional weak, brief spin-up concern may occur as this activity moves east-southeast at 35 to 40mph.