The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for parts of the South Plains, and Eastern New Mexico, until 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

Earlier today, the Storm Prediction Center placed the southwest South Plains in an 'Enhanced' risk area for severe weather (see graphic above).

According to the SPC's risk map, the following areas could be affected:

Day 1 RiskArea (sq. mi.)Area Pop.Some Larger Population Centers in Risk Area
ENHANCED16,834182,593Clovis, NM...Hobbs, NM...Portales, NM...Lovington, NM...
SLIGHT124,4343,231,178Colorado Springs, CO...Aurora, CO...Lubbock, TX...Amarillo, TX...Pueblo, CO...
MARGINAL204,8995,207,240Denver, CO...Albuquerque, NM...Lincoln, NE...Lakewood, CO...Thornton, CO...

As of 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the cities of Lubbock, Plainview and Amarillo are not included in the Tornado Watch (shown in yellow in the graphic below).

Tornado Watch- NWS- 050917
National Weather Service- Lubbock

KAMC Meteorologist Ron Roberts tells KFYO News that evening and overnight hail is another potential hazard with the forecast storms in the western and central South Plains.

Ron Roberts severe weather updates will be heard on News/Talk 95.1 and 790, KFYO, Awesome 98 (98.1 FM) and Lonestar 99.5 FM.

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