It has been a while since North Texans have seen severe weather in the area.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed areas of North Texas under a risk for severe weather Tuesday evening. A cold front and dry line will merge, triggering storms.
What is a severe storm, and what are watches and warnings? To outline the risk, a scale of 1-5 is used:
These values are based on the probability of a severe weather outbreak.
What classifies a storm as severe? A severe thunderstorm must contain at least one of the following:
- Hail larger than one inch in diameter
- Winds gusting over 58 mph
Watches or warnings may be issued Tuesday. Remember, there are big differences between the two.
Conditions are favorable for severe storm development. During a watch you need to watch and prepare for the weather.
Severe storm has been reported or detected on radar. During a warning is when you need to take action.
The NBC 5 Weather Experts will have you covered on air, on line & through social media. You can also download the NBC DFW App for automatic notifications for weather alerts in your area.