It has been a busy week for severe weather in the Northern Plains and Western Great Lakes. After dozens of tornadoes reported earlier this week, large hail was the biggest problem Thursday. There were several report of hail stones larger than golf balls from the Upper Midwest to the Front Range. Some storms produced strong wind gusts above 70 mph.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has already been issued in the Northeast until 9 p.m. EDT. Another Severe Thunderstorm Watch includes North Texas, much of Oklahoma to near Fort Smith, Arkansas until 1o p.m. CDT.
— NWS SPC (@NWSSPC) June 30, 2017
A slight risk of severe thunderstorms extends from the Northeast into the Ohio Valley, along with areas near the Red River of the South. The tornado potential remains low today, with large hail greater than 1″ in diameter and strong wind gusts higher than 60 mph the biggest threat.
A cold front stretches from Michigan to Texas. It will be the focus for thunderstorm development into this evening, along with a warm front in the Northeast.
The severe weather threat continues for the Northeast on Saturday, shifting back in to the Central Plains on Sunday.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels