Severe Storms to Strike the Heartland Friday
Severe storms will be possible Friday as a strengthening low pressure east of the Rocky Mountains will slide east into the central US to end the workweek. Backed by the power of a mid and upper level trough, the system will bring large hail and flooding to the central and southern plains.
Cold air aloft will allow powerful updrafts to grow large hailstones within severe supercell thunderstorms. A secondary tornado threat will exist closer to the center of low pressure as it works its way into Kansas. The threat will transition to damaging winds as the individual cells form into a line for the evening and overnight.
Storms will begin firing in western Kansas around 3 or 4 o’clock Friday afternoon and working their way east. Later into the evening, a dry line and cold front extending south into Texas will pop up more activity. The storms farther south may be a bit spottier and lack explosive development. However, if they can tap into available instability, the storms that do develop will pose a threat. Eventually, a line will form and continue the threat of heavy rainfall into Saturday.
Flash Flood Watches have been issued for parts of Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa until Saturday morning. Widespread totals will hit 1-3″, with isolated spots seeing as much as 4″+.
Stay with WeatherNation for continuing coverage for Friday’s potential severe weather.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Karissa Klos