Updated: Mid-Week Severe Threat Looms for Central, Southern Plains
For the first time in months, severe weather will target a wide swath of the Central and Southern Plains on Tuesday and Wednesday, with damaging winds and large hail the primary risks with these storms.
We first alerted you to this threat on Sunday, but we wanted to update you on the latest surrounding the possible threat.
As noted in the adjacent maps, the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has outlined a slight risk (as denoted in yellow) for much of southern Missouri, eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas for Tuesday, while north-central Texas, central and eastern Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas, central and southern Missouri and southern Illinois are all included in the slight risk zone for Wednesday. Areas just outside of the slight risk zone are also in line for stronger storms as well.
The primary hazards, according to the Storm Prediction Center, will be the threat for large hail and damaging winds. However, isolated tornadoes, particularly on Wednesday, are a possibility with the strongest storms.
By Wednesday, major metropolitan areas such as Dallas-Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Springfield (Missouri and Illinois) and St. Louis could all be impacted by widespread storms for the first time this season. Indications are that the strongest of Wednesday’s storms, all riding a sharp cold front, could be concentrated in north Texas and southeast Oklahoma.
If you live in an area of the country shaded in yellow, park your car in a garage if you can and clear away and loose-lying patio furniture or objects that could blow away in a stronger storm. For virtually everyone impacted by this potential severe weather outbreak, it’s the first time in several months that severe storms have affected your region, so make sure you’re ready. Our WeatherNation mobile app, along with social media updates from your local National Weather Service (NWS) office, are great ways to track this week’s storms.
We will keep you posted with all the latest, and please remember, with the peak of tornado and severe weather season just around the corner, now is the time to prepare for severe weather even if you aren’t impacted by this week’s storm threat.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi