UPDATE: While the generalized storm threat remains the same as mentioned below, portions of central Texas including Austin, Killeen, Waco, College Station, and much of Eastern Hill Country and the Texas Triangle have been labeled in an "enhanced" risk for severe weather tonight. The DFW area, San Angelo, Midland, Abilene, and areas just east of Lubbock have also been added to the "Slight" threat zone.
While severe thunderstorms are rare in Texas during December, they do happen. On December 26th, 2015. there was a tornado outbreak through North Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth area, along with strong winds gusts and rain/thunder through much of the state, including Del Rio.
Currently, the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a 15% chance of severe weather (within 25 miles) across the Winter Garden Region, Hill Country, and the Interstate 10 Corridor from Central Texas through the Houston Metroplex. A smaller, 5% chance is forecasted through the majority of the state, leaving out Far West Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.
Severe weather will generate along and ahead of a surface cold front moving through the state, with slight chances of hail, damaging wind gusts, and tornadoes all possible, and a time frame most likely in the evening.
Updates to this release will be posted at the top of this page as they become available.
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