Severe Outlook: Storms Target Midwest, Southern Plains
The abundance of late-season warmth in the central United States will help to keep a threat for severe thunderstorms in the forecast. Temperatures reached the mid 70s in Iowa Tuesday afternoon – about 20 degrees above average. As a cold front moves in from the west and collides with the warm air over the plains, storms will develop Tuesday night along the front. Severe storms capable of producing large hail will be possible from Iowa City, IA to St. Joseph, MO.
The storm system will continue to track east Wednesday, bringing a chance for thunderstorms from the Great Lakes to Texas. The risk for severe weather will be confined to portions of Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.
Storms that develop Wednesday will be capable of producing large hail and damaging winds. An isolated tornado can’t be ruled out, but tornado activity is expected to be low. This system will move over the Mid-Atlantic Thursday and will continue to bring a threat for thunderstorms, but severe weather is not anticipated.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Corey Christiansen