Our next round of thunderstorms will be widely scattered and will develop over the mountains, and the adjacent highlands of Eastern New Mexico after 2 pm. The ‘clumps’ of storms will drift east, southeastward, reaching the Texas and Oklahoma Stateline after 7 pm. Most of the cells will stay south and west of I-40, drifting southeast out of our area after midnight. Amarillo might have a storm in the vicinity after 10 pm. Any storm that forms will become severe quickly with hail ranging from the size of dimes to golf balls. Sudden downburst winds, and straight-line winds could accelerate upwards of 50 to 70 mph. The tornado threat will continue low across Eastern New Mexico. SPC has a 2% risk across Quay and Curry Counties, and a 5% risk across Roosevelt County and points south. Flooding will also be a concern where cells linger, or train over the same area. Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms will also be possible for tomorrow and Sunday. Regarding temperatures, nice weather will continue through Monday, Memorial Day with highs in the 70’s and low 80’s.
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend everyone! And remember to stay Weather Aware if a thunderstorm is near your location. Lightning is always a concern.
Chief Meteorologist John Harris
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