Severe Threat for the Central Plains and Mid Missouri Valley Saturday
A cold front will be moving into the Central Plains and Lower Missouri Valley on Saturday afternoon. Dew point temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s will be setting up out ahead of the cold front. Factor in an increasing low-level jet stream (region of strong winds in the lower part of the atmosphere) with wind speeds at 50-60 knots, thunderstorms will fire up during the afternoon and should continue through Saturday night. Parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa are under a slight risk of severe weather. A slight risk means scattered severe storms are possible with the threat of damaging winds, hail greater than 1 inch in diameter and one or two tornadoes.
The latest timing for these strong to severe storms will be Saturday afternoon through early Sunday morning. Due to the strong low level winds, even when the sun goes down these storms should continue through the night. This event is still a few days out, but we are still able to see some of the developing storms on our Forecast Radar for Saturday afternoon. Here is the very latest timing for late in the day on Saturday.
This scenario will have to be monitored as we get closer…there could be a chance that an enhanced risk of severe weather is added to the forecast. Keep checking Weather Nation for the latest updates.