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Showers or thundershowers likely Friday

By Mark Rowlett, mrowlett@ktxs.com
Published On: May 09 2013 11:39:47 PM CDT
KTXS Chief Meteorologist, Mark Rowlett

ABILENE, Texas -

Large hail producing storms were the weather problem again Thursday.  A severe storm developed near Loraine and moved east into Sweetwater.  It produced copious amounts of hail and large hail up to golf ball size.  

It then started moving southeast and passed near Nolan and then moved into Taylor County.  The hail core began weakening, but the storm had such strong rotation that a Tornado Warning was issued for Taylor County.  Fortunately, no tornadoes were observed and the storm died out as it reached Tuscola.

We tracked other large hail producing storms affecting Bronte, Ballinger, and Valera Thursday afternoon.  By sundown, the storms had moved south of our area.

We are tracking a cold front that should move through most of the Big Country overnight Thursday.  In addition, a large upper level disturbance is just to our west.  The combination of these two features could generate isolated severe thunderstorms Friday morning.  Large hail would be the main danger.

We are still looking at a slight risk of severe storms for mainly areas south of I-20 for Friday as the cold front pushes farther south.  Most of our region is expecting showers and thundershowers for much of the day Friday.  So areas could receive more than 1/2 inch of rainfall.

Mostly cloudy skies are expected for Saturday with partly cloudy skies for Mother's Day Sunday.

Temperatures should be a little cooler with highs near 70 Friday and in the middle to upper 70s Saturday and Sunday.  Lows should be in the 50s Saturday and Sunday.