UPDATE: East Texas under tornado watch until 7 p.m.


UPDATE: EAST TEXAS (KYTX) - A Tornado Watch is in effect until 7 p.m. for East Texas mainly along and north of I-20. A line of thunderstorms developing ahead of an cold front across North Texas is expected to move into East Texas late this afternoon and cross the area tonight. Some storms could be severe with damaging straightline winds, hail and isolated tornadoes possible. Storms west of the Metroplex produced up to golf ball-size hail earlier this afternoon.

The storms have been moving northeast from 55 to 70 mph. Once the cold front passes, winds will turn from the northwest 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Temperatures will be cooler the rest of the week. No more rain is expected through the weekend.

UPDATE: EAST TEXAS (KYTX) - A line of thunderstorms is trying to organize west of the Metroplex. At 1 p.m., a severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 1:15 p.m. for Comanche and Eastland counties which are southwest of Fort Worth. Another area of non-severe thunderstorms is west of Denton.

These storms are moving northeast at 60 mph. A line of thunderstorms is expected to move into East Texas after 3 p.m. and continue across the area this evening. A Tornado Watch is in effect until 7 p.m. mainly along and north of I-20.


UPDATE: A Lake Wind Advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. for most of East Texas. South winds 15 to 25 mph will gust to 35 mph.



UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for East Texas until 7 p.m.

The watch affects Bowie, Camp, Cass, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Morris, Red River, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Wood Co.



(CNN) -- Much-needed rain fell in bone-dry western Oklahoma on Tuesday, part of an unusually spring-like storm bringing high temperatures and the threat of hail, high winds and tornadoes to parts of the Midwest and South.


While a tornado watch is up for parts of western Oklahoma and North Texas until midday, the greatest threat of tornadoes is in parts of Arkansas, northern Louisiana and western Mississippi, CNN meteorologist Sarah Dillingham said.

Those storms could be at their most dangerous late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, she said.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center categorized the risk for severe storms Wednesday as moderate.

Extreme weather and a changing climate

In addition to the tornado threat, a long line of thunderstorms that will stretch from northern Louisiana as far north as Chicago and Grand Rapids, Michigan, will carry the threat of damaging winds into early Wednesday, Dillingham said.

Wind gusts could reach 80 mph in some areas -- enough to bring down trees and power lines, she said.

On Wednesday, the threat shifts farther east, with parts of Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia at moderate risk of severe weather, including damaging winds and isolated tornadoes, the Storm Prediction Center said.

After the severe weather, a cold-weather system could bring snow and freezing rain to the Midwest, beginning Wednesday, and the threat of extremely cold weather in the northern Plains states and Upper Midwest, particularly on Thursday.

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