Several tornadoes were spotted across parts of Texas on Sunday as a major storm swept across the north-central part of the state.
National Weather Service reported twisters in Johnson and Hill counties. Television footage from the Johnson region showed uprooted trees, scattered debris and an overturned semitrailer along a road, although there were no immediate reports of injuries.
Earlier in the day, the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex had been placed under a tornado watch after a twister touched down in a nearby rural county. The National Weather Service warned of heavy rain and high winds.
The Federal Aviation Administration placed all in-bound flights for the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on ground stop. Flights leaving the airport were delayed by about one hour.
About 70 miles from Fort Worth in Stephenville, motorists reported baseball-sized hail causing damage to vehicles.
The severe weather is expected to shift to the western Gulf Coast on Monday as it heads toward New Orleans. It’s expected that Monday’s severe storms will follow the violent thunderstorms that targeted Dallas and Oklahoma over the weekend.
While the entire region can expect cool temperatures to start the week, the severe weather threat remains on Houston and College Station, Texas, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Louisiana.
Becky Elliot, meteorologist with AccuWeather, said, “Monday will bring a one-two punch of strong storms to southeastern Texas and Louisiana.
“A squall line looks to move through [southeastern Texas and western Louisiana] in the morning hours and could produce damaging winds and torrential downpours.”
The downpours are expected to dramatically reduce visibility and cause water to pond on roadways.
Elliott adds, “Residents of southeastern Texas and Louisiana should not let their guard down though as storms are likely to develop late in the afternoon.
“The environment holds the right ingredients for these storms to produce strong winds, large hail and an isolated tornado or two.”
New Orleans should brace for severe thunderstorms sometime in the afternoon. Other areas such as Dallas, Oklahoma City and the southern Plains can expect gusty winds, cool air and persistent rain and will extend from the northern Texas Panhandle to southeastern Colorado.
The system is expected to bring with it very cold air, enough to cause snow to develop in the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico and possibly even into the lower elevations near the eastern border.