NWS Houston narrows timing, expands scope of severe weather threat Friday night

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We now have a better understanding of when severe weather is expected to plague Houston Friday night.

Severe thunderstorms will likely flare up starting at 6 p.m. Friday and will continue until at least 3 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Meteorologists with the NWS Storm Prediction Center also expanded the area that has an “enhanced” chance of severe weather, meaning the threat of tornadoes and straight-line winds now encompasses most of the Greater Houston area.

While winds and tornadoes remain the main threat for Friday night’s weather, there’s only a 10 percent chance that wind gusts will reach 75 mph or a tornado reaches EF2 level.

The storms come ahead of a cold front expected to bring pleasant weather for the weekend, with highs in the upper-50s/low-60s and partly sunny skies, according to NWS.

As for Thursday in Houston, there’s a 20 to 40 percent chance of storms through the night. Temperatures will remain in the muggy 70s/upper 60s until Friday night’s front.

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