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Dry Line Set Up: Severe Storm Threat Tonight

21 Apr 2022, 7:10 pm

The central and southern Plains saw isolated severe storms Thursday that produced very large hail! Once again reports of golf ball and ping pong ball size hail came out of isolated storms in Kansas and Missouri. The threat for isolated severe storms continues overnight.

Outlooks

The risk for severe thunderstorms overnight Thursday into Friday continues across the central Plains. Storms could develop along a warm front and the dryline once again. Storms overnight will be isolated, but any storm able to form in this environment is capable of producing large hail and possibly a tornado.

The main threat for Thursday will include the potential for large hail and a tornado or two. Forecast models are pinpointing areas of central Kansas through the evening and overnight hours.

The tornado threat is also heighted on Thursday; powerful updrafts that suspend large hailstones in the cloud, allowing them to grow, also can rotate, becoming tornadic supercells.

Timing

These storms will contain the threat for large hail and damaging winds. Not everyone will see a storm, but those who do have the potential for all modes of severe weather.

Storms peter out overnight for the southern Plains, but attention then shifts to the I-80 corridor for the severe weather threat on Friday.

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