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Next Severe Weather Threat Targets South, Midwest

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Severe weather could impact a wide swath of the southern U.S. this week, making it the potentially first significant severe thunderstorm threat this spring.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) highlighted an area ranging from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex north into southwest Missouri for the potential for severe weather on Wednesday as a potent area of low pressure forms across the South mid-week. The same low and severe weather threat moves east into the lower Mississippi River valley on Thursday before likely pushing off the East Coast on Friday.

Temperatures out ahead of the low are expected to quickly rise into the 70s and 80s from Texas into Oklahoma and Missouri, giving the storms plenty of warmth to fuel severe storms. The jet stream will move at a different direction and speed than the lower surface winds, giving the storms the “spin” they need to sustain and potentially produce tornadoes and large, damaging hail.

While the forecast is still early, enough spin and low-level moisture appear to be in place to support all modes of severe weather, including the possibility for tornadoes.

Additionally, the threat for flash flooding in the hard-hit ArkLaTex region could be in play once again as a combination of high rainfall totals and heavy rainfall rates with strong thunderstorms could lead to more issues once again. Overall rainfall totals aren’t expected to be particularly high, but a quick inch of rainfall on already saturated ground could lead to flash flooding concerns.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this potential severe weather and flooding outbreak.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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