Widely scattered thunderstorms look to develop across the area for this afternoon and evening. Isolated cells could popup across the Central and Southern Texas Panhandle (including over Amarillo), while additional activity looks to form over the highlands of New Mexico. The New Mexico storms will march eastward, reaching the Stateline after 6 pm. Amarillo, and points south could have thunderstorms in the vicinity after 7 pm. All activity will continue moving southeast east and exiting the Texas Panhandle well after midnight. Any storm that forms could pulse strong to severe with hail ranging from the size of peas to ping pong balls. All cells will be capable of producing sudden downburst winds, and straight-line winds accelerating upwards of 50 to 70 mph. Flooding will be a threat due to slow movement of storms and saturated soils from previous days of heavy rain. The tornado threat (for a 3rd day in a row) is a 2% risk out in Eastern New Mexico across Quay, Curry, and Roosevelt Counties. Stay weather aware, and seek substantial shelter, if a thunderstorm is near your location. Additional strong to severe storms are expected tomorrow. We may catch a break from thunderstorms for Monday (Memorial Day), and Tuesday, before they return for the remainder of the week.
Regarding temperatures – nice and comfortable weather will continue tomorrow and Monday with highs in the 70’s and low 80’s.
Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend Holiday, everyone!
Chief Meteorologist John Harris