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Severe Weather Returns This Week

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After a rare late April and early May break from severe weather, stronger storms will become more widespread by Sunday and into the start of the upcoming work week.

A cold front moving through the Great Lakes and upper Midwest could trigger strong-to-severe thunderstorms on Sunday from Kansas to Michigan. Hail and strong winds will be the primary hazards with these storms.

By Monday, an upper level low developing in southeastern Colorado will draw up warm and moist southerly winds out ahead of it, triggering scattered showers and thunderstorms for western Texas and Oklahoma, eventually moving east into the I-35 corridor by Tuesday and Wednesday. Oklahoma City and Dallas, Texas could be at risk for stronger storms on Tuesday and Wednesday after a lengthy break for much of the past five days.

May is typically the most active month of the year in terms of severe weather, and particularly for tornadoes. The month averages over 250 tornadoes per year in the United States, including the Joplin, Missouri EF-5 tornado from May 2011 and the deadly El Reno, Oklahoma almost two years ago, just to highlight a few recent notable outbreaks. With cooler air retreating north and warm, moist air typically being drawn north due to a higher sun angle, the clash between the air masses traditionally makes May a focal point for severe weather.

Stay with and WeatherNation through severe weather season for all the latest on any potential severe weather.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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