Tornado threat over for the Brazos Valley
Storms become outflow dominant, lingering rain and rumbles through overnight
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - As storms move through the area tonight, the tornado threat is gradually going down.
12 am Saturday Update: The Tornado Watch has been allowed to expire for Montgomery and San Jacinto counties. The entire Brazos Valley is now free of the Tornado Watch. The rain that lingers behind the front will be sub-severe in nature. We may see a few flashes of lightning and rumbles of thunder, but the severe threat has come to an end.
10:45 pm Friday Update: The Tornado Watch has been canceled for Walker county. The watch still remains in place for Montgomery and San Jacinto until 12 am Saturday morning.
10:30pm Friday Update: As the cold front advances further south, more counties have been removed from the Tornado Watch. This includes Grimes, Trinity, and Washington counties.
The watch remains in place for Walker, Montgomery, and San Jacinto counties.
10pm Friday Update: Areas along and north of Highway 21 (including Bryan-College Station) has seen the Tornado Watch CANCELED early. Storms have become “outflow dominant”, meaning cooler, gusty wind ahead of storms is cutting off the inflow, or energy, of storms. This has greatly reduced the severe threat, but some areas are still worth watching a little into the overnight.
The Tornado Watch continues for Grimes, Montgomery, Trinity, Walker, Washington, and San Jacinto counties.
- A few tornadoes likely
- Scattered large hail to the size of ping pong balls
- Damaging wind gusts with the potential for significant gusts up to 70mph
Two rounds of thunderstorms will be possible for the area through the rest of the day.
- ROUND 1: 2pm - sunset -- This round remains VERY conditional & won’t impact all of us. The biggest question is will the “lid” on the atmosphere hold, keeping these storms from developing. If it does not, expect severe concerns at times -- including a tornado threat.
- ROUND 2: 7 p.m. - midnight -- this is the LIKELY round of stormy weather that arrives as a line. Heavy rain, frequent lightning, gusts 45-70mph are expected. The line may “kink” and create a spin-up tornado potential as it moves through at times.
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