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Texas, Gulf Coast Severe Storms Tonight and Sunday

Our attention shifts from the New England Blizzard to a Plains Blizzard which will also produce a round of severe weather along the Gulf Coast beginning tonight.

This next storm system which will eject into the Plains tonight, will tap into abundant Gulf of Mexico moisture, leading to a round of showers and gusty thunderstorms. These storms will first develop this evening from Abilene, Texas through Wichita Falls, Texas and Fort Sill, Okla.

Storms will initially be capable of producing large, damaging hail and perhaps a tornado or two.

Thunderstorms will then organize into a squall line and continue to race eastward overnight, affecting the cities of Dallas, Waco, Austin and even the northern suburbs of Houston by Sunday morning.

This squall line will be capable of producing significant wind damage and flooding downpours along its path.

During the day on Sunday, the severe weather threat will shift farther east.

Storms will be ongoing at daybreak across the eastern portion of Texas before shifting into a warm and moist airmass over southern Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi during the daytime hours.

The threat for severe storms will move into Houston, Shreveport, New Orleans, Jackson and even Mobile by Sunday afternoon.

AccuWeather.com Meteorologists are concerned for widespread damaging winds across this region.

There is even some concern for a zone of enhanced tornadic activity over northeastern Louisiana into central Mississippi ahead of the main zone of thunderstorms.

Stay tuned to AccuWeather.com over the next few days as we continue to monitor the potential severe weather outbreak.

Heed all watches and warnings and check in with our Severe Weather Center for the latest information.