The severe weather risk continues in the Central Plains tonight with a marginal risk for severe storms in Nebraska and Western Iowa. There is the potential for large hail with isolated thunderstorms later this evening. Tornadoes and damaging wind gusts are not anticipated.
Strong winds may occur from downbursts within isolated thunderstorms this afternoon and evening in Utah and Nevada. A marginal risk for severe thunderstorms continues from the Salt Lake Valley in Utah into Eastern Nevada.
— NWS SPC (@NWSSPC) April 18, 2017
Thunderstorms will be slow to develop this evening in the High Plains and Front Range. A few storms may push out of the Black Hills and Eastern Wyoming into the Nebraska Panhandle later this evening. In the overnight, thunderstorms will develop along a warm front throughout Nebraska, bringing the potential for large hail.
A slight risk of severe storms has been mapped out by the Storm Prediction Center on Wednesday from the Mississippi River in Iowa and Illinois to Wichita, Kansas. A strengthening low pressure center will push along the Nebraska / Kansas border along a warm front. Some storms will be around in the morning, with more storms developing in the afternoon.
Afternoon and evening thunderstorms have the potential for large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes. The most favorable location for severe storms will be near the low pressure center along the warm and cold fronts in the evening. Storms will likely diminish into Thursday morning.
On Thursday, the system is likely to weaken as upper level energy shifts away from the surface low. A marginal severe weather risk is out in Ohio and Oklahoma. A stronger low pressure center and front for Friday brings another severe weather chance into Kansas and Oklahoma.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels