Nearly every day this week we have seen severe weather in the Plains and today will be no exception. On Thursday, tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds were reported from Texas to the Northeast. Wind gusts reached over 100 mph in Oklahoma.
Areas along the Red River of the South have an enhanced severe weather threat today, with a sight risk extending into the Ohio Valley. A Tornado Watch has been issued in Texas, Oklahoma, and Northwest Arkansas and additional watches are likely through the night.
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas until 11 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/ZO7tAc3X13
— NWS Tornado (@NWStornado) May 19, 2017
The threat for isolated tornadoes today extends from Missouri to Texas. The highest potential to see strong winds and large hail is in Texas and Oklahoma, but isolated severe cells may even develop into near the Mason-Dixon line.
Heavy rain is a concern in the Plains as well. A wet month has over saturated the ground and more heavy rain is in the forecast tonight. In the last day, 1″ to 3″ of rain has fallen in Southern Oklahoma and North Central Texas. A Flash Flood Watch continues from south of Omaha to north of Dallas. More than 3″ of rain may fall in the heaviest of storms into this weekend.
Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop throughout the night ahead of a low pressure center. Areas along a warm front have the best chance to produce a tornado, with more severe storms likely to develop near the cold front south of the low.
On Saturday, the severe weather only moves slightly from Central Texas into the Ohio Valley. Sunday looks to be a quieter day, with a couple of marginal severe weather risk areas near Lake Erie and in South Texas.
— NWS SPC (@NWSSPC) May 19, 2017
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels