Severe Weather Threatens Millions Again Today
It was an active weekend for severe weather across the central plains. Several tornado reports and a few confirmations of tornadoes touching down and producing destruction had many folks sitting on pins and needles over a special holiday weekend.
The most notable tornado took place on Saturday in Wray, CO. It was rated an EF-2 tornado by the National Weather Service in Goodland, KS with max winds topping around 130 mph. Thankfully, this tornado touched down in a more desolate area of Colorado and only a few minor injuries were reported.
After an active weekend of severe storms across the Plains, we begin Monday on another very unsettled weather pattern. This time the threat for tornadoes exist over a more populated area.
An upper-level low pressure system is churning across the central plains aiding the threat for severe storms from Iowa, Nebraska south into extreme portions of eastern Texas and all points in between. There is slight risk for the yellow-shaded areas meaning storms could pack a punch of damaging winds, large hail, and possibly even an isolated tornado.
The areas of the country that are most vulnerable to tornadoes this afternoon exists across the Ark-La-Tex region inside the enhanced shaded area. This will be the location where any discrete cells will have the tendency to rotate yielding a higher threat for tornadoes touching down.
While this enhanced risk across the Ark-La-Tex region indicates a favorable environment for tornadoes, it also doesn’t exclude the likelihood for damaging winds and the potential for larger hail. All of these severe weather parameters will be possible for these areas. More densely populated cities such as Little Rock, AR, Shreveport, LA, Tyler, TX and McAlester, OK need to stay vigilant for severe storms through the afternoon and early evening hours.
Stay weather aware and stay tuned to WeatherNation for the latest updates and developments on severe weather through today.
(Headline image: Corbin Jaeger)