SAN ANGELO – A line of thunderstorms with large hail formed behind a Pacific cold front early Friday morning west of the Concho Valley and rapidly moved east dumping large hail and blowing down tree limbs.
There were reports of golf ball sized hail from Sterling City to Sweetwater as the squall line blew through with sustained northwest winds at 26 mph gusting to 41 mph between 1 and 2 a.m. The stronger storms were Northwest of San Angelo stretching from Water Valley to Robert Lee and into the Big Country.
The National Weather Service office in San Angelo issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning effective until 2 a.m. then extended that to 2:45 a.m. The NWS office at Mathis Field in San Angelo reported sustained winds of 26 mph with gusts to 41 mph and .21 of an inch of rain at 2.51 a.m. then another .18 of an inch at 3.51 a.m. for a total rainfall recorded of .39 overnight.
The San Angelo Police Department also issued a Nixle alert about a weather related road hazard on U.S. 277 just north of FM-2105. U.S. 277 is closed to traffic because of that road hazard until the the roadway is cleared.
That .39 of an inch puts San Angelo at 2.01 inches for the year, which is -1.09 inches below normal.
The rain and storms have ended for the morning in the San Angelo area. Some storm activity continued through the morning hours in the eastern counties of the Concho Valley.
There is a Wind Advisory in effect from 11 a.m. Friday until 7 p.m. West winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mpg are forecast. Winds of that speed can blow around unsecured objects and down power lines causing isolated power outages.
In addition, meteorologist expect patchy blowing dust Friday afternoon. Temperatures are expected to rebound to the upper 70s Friday afternoon.
Expect mostly clear skies over the weekend with lows in the 40s and highs in the lower 70s.