There is a risk for severe thunderstorms in the Plains today, with an enhanced threat posted from the Storm Prediction Center in Missouri and Kansas. Areas near Kansas City have the potential to see large hail, strong winds, and an isolated tornado this afternoon and evening.
A low pressure center moving into the Northern Plains will pull up high humidity with moist, southerly winds from the Gulf of Mexico. Temperatures will climb south of a warm front, lifting northward into Minnesota. Severe weather is possible ahead of a cold front, with wind gusts higher than 60 mph and hail larger than a 1″ in diameter.
Heavy rainfall is also a concern with slow moving, robust storms. Rainfall totals may approach 3″ to 4″ in some areas. The cold front will stretch from Minnesota to Texas, firing storms along it this afternoon and evening.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels