First Alert Weather Day issued: severe storm threat increased

Posted at 4:43 AM, Dec 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-26 11:24:57-05

The severe weather threat has increased across our region, and the First Alert Weather Team has issued a First Alert Weather Day through 4 a.m. Thursday.

Showers have been streaming up from the south this morning and moisture is increasing in Central Texas. As we head into this afternoon, instability will increase and the threat of severe weather will increase, according to Meteorologist Erin Moran.

Our entire region is under an enhanced risk of severe storms. While a CAP (layer of relatively warm air aloft) will delay the development of severe weather this morning, models are now showing a more conducive environment for hail and isolated tornadoes starting after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The main line with this event is expected to move across Central Texas from the west after sunset. Our Meteorologists expect that line to move through the region quickly, but it will bring the greatest threat for damaging wind in excess of 70 mph and heavy rain. Hail and isolated embedded tornadoes cannot be ruled out with this main line. Most of the activity will be east of I-45 by daybreak Thursday.

High temperatures are forecast in the upper 60s and low 70s for Wednesday and Thursday. Enjoy it while you can on Thursday because cold air will arrive this weekend and last into the New Year holiday.

A First Alert Weather Day means people should remain "weather aware" by staying tuned in to updates via television, radio, or through notifications sent through the First Alert Weather app.

To keep up with the latest forecast track today or any time, download the First Alert Weather app. 

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