Forecast calls for ‘particularly dangerous situation’ Monday on the South Plains

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SPC High Risk on May 20, 2019 - 720

LUBBOCK, Texas – Widespread and significant severe thunderstorms are expected Monday afternoon and evening for portions of the South Plains and all of the Rolling Plains. 

A “Particularily Dangerous Situation” (PDS) Tornado Watch is in effect for Borden, Briscoe, Childress, Cottle, Crosby, Dawson Dickens, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hall, Kent, King, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Scurry  Stonewall and Swisher County until 8:00 PM CDT.

PDS Tornado Watches are rare and are only issued where there is a high threat for very severe and life-threating weather. 

The Storm Prediction Center has a “high” risk for severe weather outlined across all of the Rolling Plains. This includes locations such as Post, Lake Alan Henry, Crosbyton, Turkey, Matador, Dickens, Spur, Jayton, Snyder, Paducah and Guthrie. 

There is a “marginal” risk across the far eastern South Plains. This includes locations such as Silverton, Floydada and Ralls. 

There is an “enhanced” risk for severe weather across the central South Plains. This includes the Lubbock metro area, Plainview, Tulia, Tahoka, Lamesa, Dimmitt, Littlefield, Levelland and Brownfield. 

The western South Plains remains in a “slight” and “marginal” risk. This includes locations such Friona, Muleshoe, Morton, Plains and Seminole.  

All modes of severe weather will be possible with the thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours.

The first round of these thunderstorms will develop Monday afternoon. Another round of thunderstorms will develop later in the evening.

Please stay weather aware across South Plains and Rolling Plains on Monday. It is very important to have a way to hear severe weather warnings.

A NOAA Weather Radio and/or Wireless Emergency Alerts activated on your cellular phone are two good sources for weather information. 

The National Weather Service in Lubbock said the last time any part of their county warning area was placed in a “high” risk for severe weather was back on April 26, 2009. 

The National Weather Service in Midland said this is the first “high” risk to cover part of their area of responsibility in the last 10 years. 

Note: This article will be updated throughout the day on Monday with important weather information.

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