Severe thunderstorms moved through the Southern Plains Tuesday, producing structure damage, power outages, and knocking over semi-trucks. There were numerous reports of large hail, strong winds, and tornadoes.
The severe weather potential continues today with an enhanced risk for severe thunderstorms from Missouri into Louisiana. A Tornado Watch has been issued for part of Texas and Louisiana, with additional watches likely throughout the evening.
The risk for tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds will increase into this evening. Areas from the Ozarks to the Gulf Coast will need to stay abreast of changing weather conditions for severe storms.
Strong upper level energy coupled with a sharp cold front will ignite the severe storms throughout the afternoon and evening. Southerly winds flowing in from the Gulf of Mexico will increase instability with higher humidity and warm temperatures.
Strong and severe storms will continue along the Gulf Coast into this evening, with additional development further north into Arkansas and Missouri. The storms will move eastward across Louisiana into Mississippi later tonight.
Upper level energy will slide slowly to the north and east for Thursday. The severe weather risk area will shift into the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.
As the system moves into the Middle Atlantic states on Friday, it will weaken. Severe weather chances will be lower and less widespread, with a marginal risk posted from the Storm Prediction Center. As another system moves out of the West this weekend, the threat for severe storms will return to the Southern Plains and Gulf Coast.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels