Thursday’s Severe Threat Includes Chance for Tornadoes
Damaging storms are possible Thursday as a cold front rolls out of the Rockies and into the central and southern Plains. Strong to severe storms are possible from the Dakotas to west Texas. The main threat across these areas will be strong winds and large hail.
Within this broader area of thunderstorms, there is an area of higher shear over Nebraska and Kansas. This extra ingredient will make it possible for supercells to develop. These storms will be capable of producing tornadoes in addition to damaging winds and hail.
The strongest storms will develop in the afternoon and move east through the evening. Once the storms cross the Missouri River, the main threats will be damaging winds and heavy rain.
Parts of Kansas and Missouri have already seen heavy rain this week and will be susceptible to flooding. Make sure to check the forecast before traveling and never drive through flooded roads.
As this system moves east, it will continue to produce heavy rain across much of the central United States through the weekend.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Corey Christiansen