Currently Weather Alert in San Antonio— March 22nd 2022


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Severe thunderstorms expected along and east of I-35
Severe thunderstorms expected along and east of I-35
A powerful early spring storm system sets the stage for a significant severe weather outbreak across the eastern half of Texas this afternoon and into Tuesday morning. The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded San Antonio’s severe weather risk from a level 2 (slight) to level 3 (enhanced) on its 5-point scale. The dividing line between the level 2 and level 3 risk runs along and east of US-281 and from just south of I-10 in places like Cuero and points northward. Further north and east, including Austin, Waco, and College Station, the severe weather risk is now at a level 4 out of 5.
All modes of severe weather are likely with this outbreak. We are expecting storms to rotate and be capable of producing tornadoes – with the potential for a couple of strong tornadoes to develop. These storms, especially the ones that form along the dryline along I-35 this afternoon, will be capable of producing very large hail in excess of 2 inches in diameter (approximately the size of limes). We also expect the potential for damaging wind gusts as well as heavy rain. This is particularly concerning as several models have shown supercell thunderstorms moving across I-35, especially near Austin, at around rush hour this evening.
An additional round of storms will develop later tonight east of I-35, developing into a broken line of storms with embedded tornadic circulations. This will travel east overnight into East Texas and the Houston metro areas before moving off into Louisiana through the day on Tuesday. Tornadoes will be a major concern with this line, as well as widespread damaging winds, torrential downpours with localized flooding, and large hail. Overnight tornadoes are especially dangerous given that most people are asleep and their loss of visibility overnight.
Here is a review of tornado safety tips:
  • Review your personal Tornado Safety Plans
  • Have at least 2 to 3 reliable sources of accessing instantaneous severe weather alerts (television, radio, weather radio, mobile phone)
  • Charge mobile devices and batteries
  • Have a “go bag” packed with essentials (medicine, clothing, documents, snacks, toiletries)
  • Identify safest structures to seek shelter in the event of a tornado (interior lowest level bathroom, storm shelter, basement)
  • Protect your head from debris. Have helmets handy.
  • View additional preparation tips at
NWS Austin/San Antonio
This is the first Moderate Risk of severe weather in South-Central Texas since May 10, 2015.
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