Tornado watch issued for counties in West Texas, SE New Mexico

Severe Weather Alert

A tornado watch has been issued through 11 p.m. CDT/10 p.m. MDT for the following counties: Glasscock, TX Reagan, TX Borden, TX Upton, TX Scurry, TX Ector, TX Martin, TX Dawson, TX Mitchell, TX Midland, TX Pecos, TX Howard, TX Crane, TX Terrell, TX Gaines, TX Ward, TX Andrews, TX Reeves, TX Lea, NM Loving, TX Brewster, TX Winkler, TX Tom Green, TX Nolan, TX Runnels, TX Taylor, TX Schleicher, TX Haskell, TX Coke, TX Coleman, TX Throckmorton, TX Irion, TX Shackelford, TX Callahan, TX Fisher, TX Sutton, TX Sterling, TX Crockett, TX Jones, TX Concho, TX Cochran, TX Terry, TX Yoakum, TX Lamb, TX Bailey, TX Parmer, TX Hockley, TX

An areal flood advisory has been issued for Ector and Midland Counties until 1:15 a.m. March 13.

This means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes.

You just don’t get a severe weather threat much higher than this across West Texas and SE New Mexico. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a level 3 Enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms through the entire Permian Basin, Lea County (NM), and portions of the Trans Pecos.

IMPACTS: All storms today will be capable of flood-inducing rainfall, small hail and gusty winds. The strongest storms that form today will also be capable of damaging wind gusts of up to 60-70 mph, large hail between quarter and golf ball sized, and even a few tornadoes are possible.

TIMING: By 4-5 pm, Strong to severe thunderstorms may start to fire up along the Trans Pecos and SE New Mexico. These storms will move northeast into the western Permian Basin by 7-9 PM. Then we are expected the storms to form into a line and move through SE New Mexico and into the Permian Basin between 10pm and 3am. The line will likely be over Midland-Odessa around midnight, give or take an hour.

ADVICE: Please stay weather aware today. Download a reliable weather app that gives you a way to access radar and sends you notifications of severe storms coming your way. Have a severe weather plan in place if storms affect your area. Keep up with us here at NewsWest 9 on air, online, and on social media. We will be giving updates throughout the day and through the night.

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