Severe thunderstorms are likely tonight from the Upper Midwest into the Southern Plains. Tornado Watches already include parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas through later tonight. Additional watches are being considered in Oklahoma and Arkansas. The biggest threat for severe weather is in the Central Plains, where an enhanced risk has been outlined by the Storm Prediction Center.
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Wind gusts above 60 mph are the biggest threat along a line of thunderstorms tonight. Strong winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere feeding into a low pressure center provide the right ingredients for damaging winds along a cold front. There is a risk for isolated tornadoes and large hail as well.
The first wave of storms will continue to develop in the Upper Midwest this afternoon. The storms are likely to intensify through sunset as the line extends from Minneapolis to Kansas City.
A squall line with damaging winds will be racing eastward later tonight from Wisconsin to Oklahoma. The storms will remain strong through the overnight and into tomorrow morning.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels