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Texas, Plains to Catch a Break From Severe Weather This Weekend

Following locally violent storms over the central and southern Plains to Texas from Friday, a brief lull in severe weather is forecast for much of the weekend.

According to Senior Meteorologist Bob Larson, "The storm responsible for a severe weather outbreak into Friday night will accelerate eastward this weekend delivering rain and thunderstorms to the Southeastern states."

Most areas from Texas to North Dakota will be free of rain on Saturday and people will get a break from the severe weather in southern and central areas.

Clearing will expand from southwest to northeast from much of Texas to part of the northern Plains as the weekend progresses.

Highs will range from near 60 F close to the Canada border to the middle 90s the lower Rio Grande Valley.

After a noticeable drop in humidity from central Texas to Kansas on Saturday, humidity levels will begin to slowly rise Sunday into Monday.

Near the Gulf Coast, humidity levels will remain high this weekend. Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski stated that heavy thunderstorms are a given around the Gulf Coast during the spring, summer and early fall due to the routine high humidity levels.

"I believe that while there can be a drenching downpour around Houston on Saturday, Sunday is likely to be rain-free, ahead of another round of potential severe weather next week," Kottlowski said.

As one storm leaves the Plains early this weekend, a new storm with showers and thunderstorms will roll in across the Rockies.

"The new storm from the West will set into motion the next chain of events for severe weather on parts of the Plains," Kottlowski said.

Areas from western Montana to much of Colorado will see an uptick in showers and thunderstorms as a storm system drifts eastward from the Great Basin.

Several hours of rain are possible from the western part of the Dakotas to eastern Montana southward to eastern Wyoming and Colorado on Sunday.

People hiking in the mountains should be on the lookout for rapidly changing weather conditions, including lightning strikes, during the afternoon and evening hours this weekend.

As the new storm moves eastward, temperatures will trend downward over the Rockies, while a south to southwesterly flow will bring a boost temperatures over the lower Plains from Saturday to Sunday.

Over portions of the southern High Plains, a few storms will begin to erupt late in the day Sunday.

"Depending on the amount of sunshine beforehand, a small number of these storms could turn severe in portions of western Texas and the Oklahoma Panhandle Sunday evening," Kottlowski said.

The risk of locally drenching rain and storms with large hail, strong wind gusts and possibly a few tornadoes will expand over more of Texas and the southern Plains during the first part of next week.