First Alert Weather Day on Halloween; what you need to know

Posted at 9:39 AM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 13:11:16-04

A strong cold front will bring stormy weather to Central Texas this Halloween, that’s a given. But there’s the possibility of some severe storms late Wednesday morning into the afternoon which has prompted us to issue a First Alert Weather Day.

Severe weather isn’t a guarantee, but with so many activities planned for this afternoon and evening, we want you to be weather aware. 

A cold front just west of us has storms developing along and behind it this morning. These storms will move east with the front into areas west of I-35 after 10 a.m. Any storms along and behind the front may produce hail up to half dollar size and wind up to 60 mph. These storms should be close to Waco/Temple/Killeen around or shortly after lunchtime. 

As the front marches southeast, it will run into a little more of an unstable air mass. If storms can form ahead of the front, all forms of severe weather will be possible (including isolated tornadoes). The most likely areas for this to occur will be southeast of a Centerville to Cameron line. 

Once the front moves out of Central Texas (likely between 5-7 p.m.), the severe threat will diminish. However, rain and storms will continue behind the front through this evening, so many outdoor trick-or-treat plans will likely be rained out.

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