Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for most of northern Texas until 2 AM. Storms are already developing west of the DFW area and are expected to affect Metroplex this evening.

Update 20:08

Heavy thunderstorm warning for Jack, Parker and Wise County until 9 p.m. Heavy thunderstorm warning for Comanche, Eastland and Erath County until 8:30 p.m.

Update 20:07

Due to predicted severe weather tonight, the State Fair of Texas closes at 8:30 p.m.. The fair normally closes at 21:00 on Sundays.

Update 20.00

The National Weather Service says wind speeds in some storms in Palo Pinto County reach 70 km / h.

Update 19:54

Heavy thunderstorm warning for Cooke, Hood, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker and Wise County until 9 p.m.

Update 19:49

Heavy thunderstorm warning for Comanche, Eastland and Erath County until 8:30 p.m.

Update 19:29

Update 19:26

Update 19:18

Update: 19:13


The story continues to focus on a serious weather threat tonight for the area. Metroplex and much of northern Texas are at an IMPROVED RISK of severe weather for the first time this fall.

Previous forecast

The main risk will be damaging winds along the fan line, which we expect to move rapidly through Metroplex tonight. Discrete supercells could from first in front of the nearby dry line and cold front. These storms will present the greatest risk of severe weather tonight. This includes the chance of tornadoes (highest risk in the NW counties – Wise, Jack, Montague) and along the Red River.

The Storm Prediction Center has released a tornado risk assessment for tonight that includes an area centered around Oklahoma, but also includes parts of northern Texas. It is in this area where powerful tornadoes could form and remain on the ground for a while.

All forecast models appear to have the same version of events, but with slightly different arrival times. Below is a sequence of time periods from the HRRR forecast model. The cold front will most likely catch up with the dryline storms ahead and sweep everything into a storm. This is the line that can produce damaging winds and rapid spin-up tornadoes across the Metroplex.

Please download our weather app so you can protect yourself from these storms tonight. We also update you all night on CBSN. Be weather aware! It has been since last spring that we had such a big threat of severe weather here.

In summary, Supercell storms should develop between 6p-8p in our western / northwestern counties. Heavy hail, damaging winds and tornadoes are all possible. A series of storms will form along the nearby cold front and sweep these storms up into the evolving squall line. This storm is expected in Metroplex sometime after 21.00. Rapid spin-up tornadoes are possible along this line, but the primary threat will be harmful winds.

-Jeff Ray, CBS DFW Meteorologist


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