Strong storm warning issued as system heads for Houston carrying possible damaging winds, half-inch hail

Severe weather heading from the north is on course to bring downpours, lightning and a chance of hail in Greater Houston.

A strong storm band is headed for Houston on Wednesday afternoon, according to new reports.

Accuweather radar

Forecasts of a relatively mild week of weather in Houston are likely to be defied Wednesday evening by a fast-moving system of storms coming in from north of the city.

Space City Weather's Matt Lanza tweeted news of a band of storms "plowing southward" from north of town and warned his followers about a forthcoming period of "strong, gusty and perhaps damaging winds" backed by lightning and heavy downpours. 

"May be a rough commute," Lanza wrote.

Earlier in the day Lanza's Space City Weather partner Eric Berger pinned rainfall chances at around 40 percent and expected storms out of the north not to cause too much trouble as they dropped down into the metro. Weather can be fluid, of course, and things have since developed into a somewhat more concerning matter as of Wednesday afternoon.

Accuweather radar shows a heavy band of storms spanning from near Montgomery County across The Woodlands to northeast of Hardin. The system is tacking south and is projected to enter the loop area around 5:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday.

The U.S. National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement warning of strong thunderstorms that will impact portions of southeastern Grimes, Montgomery, southwestern San Jacinto, Liberty, eastern Waller and northern Harris counties through 4:15 p.m. CT. 

"At 331 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Todd Mission to near Woodbranch to near Batson. Movement was south at 20 mph," the statement reads. The statement forecasts winds in excess of 40 mph and half-inch hail as well as gusty winds capable of knocking down trees and blowing away unsecured outdoor items.

The alert asks people outside to seek shelter and tune in for possible warnings from the National Weather Service.

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