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Severe Weather Risk Continues in the Plains Thursday

21 May 2020, 5:00 am

A slow moving storm system will continue to bring a risk for severe thunderstorms in the High Plains this week. Severe storms brought large hail to Montana, Wyoming, and Texas on Tuesday, with damaging wind gusts also reported in Wyoming and Idaho. On Wednesday, severe storms brought large hail and damaging winds to Texas, Wyoming, and Montana, as well as a tornado in Northern Colorado.

The severe weather threat for today (Thursday) extends throughout the Western Plains. As a strong trough moves through the Northwest, winds will increase in the mid and upper-levels of the atmosphere across the Plains, leading to increasing shear while temperatures warm and instability builds in the afternoon. Areas from Kansas to the Mexican Border in Texas have the potential to see large hail and strong wind gusts. Isolated tornadoes are also possible, with a slightly elevated chances in Western Oklahoma and Kansas, along with the Arklatex.

Wind and hail will likely be the main threats associated with Thursday storms, with greater potential for the area highlighted by the slight risk across  Western Kansas, Oklahoma, and Southeastern Colorado. There is an increased risk across Western Texas as well.

Here’s a snapshot of the model forecasts on Thursday to help you plan when and where storms will be possible:

If you are located in the risk areas, be sure to check back with WeatherNation on-air and online for the latest forecast updates and alerts.

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Mace was born and raised in Minnesota, where his intrigue for weather and broadcasting grew at a young age. His 30 years in broadcasting have taken him all across the Midwest and in the South. During high school and college, Mace first worked at a number of radio stations which helped pay tuition bills and get him ready for a career in television. His first TV Meteorology job was in Wausau, WI, fo... Load Morellowed by stops in Grand Rapids, MI, Fort Myers, FL, Tampa, FL, Cedar Rapids, IA and then across the country on WeatherNation. Mace is one of our Digital Meteorologists, posting weather stories on our website and social media accounts. He is also a game-day Meteorologist for the Minnesota Twins.

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