Tornado Watches Issued in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico; Tornado Outbreak Possible Friday into Mother’s Day Weekend


Two tornado watches are in effect for parts of the Southern Plains, and large hail has already been reported in Texas as Friday’s round of severe weather has gotten off to an early start. Following Wednesday’s tornado outbreak in the Plains andThursday’s severe weather and flooding rain, a dangerous, multi-day severe weather outbreak will persist through Mother’s Day in many of the same areas.

Saturday poses a particularly dangerous risk for tornadoes in the heart of the Plains states, while Mother’s Day may feature severe weather from the Upper Midwest to Texas.  

In addition, the threat of additional flash flooding remains a serious risk.

Below you can find details on the severe weather forecast for today and the days ahead.

The Latest:

  • A tornado watch is in effect until 9 p.m. CDT for parts of north Texas and southern Oklahoma. This includes Lawton, Oklahoma, and Wichita Falls, Texas. It also includes some of the northern and western suburbs of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. In addition to a few tornadoes and damaging winds, widespread large hail is expected within the tornado watch.
  • A tornado watch is in effect until 5 p.m. CDT for parts of west Texas, the Texas Panhandle and east-central New Mexico. This includes the cities of Amarillo, Lubbock and Abilene in Texas, as well as Clovis in New Mexico.
  • Hail up to the size of tennis balls was reported just east of Childress, Texas, shortly after noon local time.


  • Where: Severe storms are expected again from eastern Colorado, Kansas and southwest Missouri to central and north Texas, including the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.
  • Threats: Large hail, damaging wind gusts, and some tornadoes possible.
  • Cities: Oklahoma City | Dallas-Ft. Worth | Amarillo


  • Where: A severe thunderstorm outbreak is possible in the Plains from portions of Nebraska and Kansas to Oklahoma and Texas.
  • Threats: Tornadoes, some of which may be strong and long-tracked, very large hail, damaging wind gusts.
  • Cities: Wichita, Kansas | Oklahoma City | Dallas-Ft. Worth


  • Where: The threat of severe storms will push a bit farther east, extending from parts of Iowa to central Texas.
  • Threats: Large hail, damaging winds, and some tornadoes possible.
  • Cities: Des MoinesKansas City | Dallas-Ft. Worth

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