An active week for thunderstorms is ahead with several days of severe possibilities. This weekend, a few tornadoes touched down in the Eastern U.S. Today’s severe weather risk from the Storm Prediction Center has outlined an area near Dallas to the Arklatex. Humidity levels will be increasing ahead of a cold front, with temperatures warming into the 70s and 80s.
There is a threat for tornadoes, hail larger than an 1″ in diameter, and strong wind gusts above 58 mph. Areas in Northeast Texas, Southeast Oklahoma, Southwest Arkansas and Northwest Louisiana have the best chances to see isolated severe storms later today.
A few severe thunderstorms are possible throughout the afternoon and into the evening in the South. Storms are likely to be more organized in the Arklatex region.
On Tuesday, an enhanced risk for severe weather is possible in the Central Plains. A cold front and low pressure center will be the focus area for severe storms in the late afternoon and evening. Strong winds and impressive dynamics aloft will help to fuel thunderstorms.
Warm temperatures will push from the South into the Ohio Valley. Dew points will increase as southerly winds blow northward from the Gulf of Mexico. The combination of heat and humidity will create instability for the severe storms.
Computer models show storms developing in the late afternoon and evening from the Great Lakes to the Deep South. Areas along the cold front and ahead of the low pressure center will have the best chances to see severe weather.
On Wednesday, the cold front slowly moves eastward as heat and humidity pushes into the Tennessee Valley and Mid Atlantic states. An risk for severe storms extends from the Northeast into the Deep South.
Large hail, strong winds, and isolated tornadoes may develop ahead of the cold front and low pressure center throughout the afternoon and evening. The most likely area to see severe weather extends from Kentucky to Alabama.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels