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When might you be affected by this weekend’s severe weather outbreak?

25 Apr 2014, 5:28 pm

When might you be affected by this weekend’s severe weather outbreak?

At this point, you’ve probably heard plenty about this weekend’s tornado threat. So city-by-city (I ordered it in terms of earliest threat to latest), here’s exactly when you can expect those storms to arrive and what kind of threat you might be looking at:

Dodge City, KS: Watch for the first storms to start firing in western Kansas and Oklahoma and down to the Texas panhandle between 3-6 p.m. CT on Saturday. The good news for western Kansas and through the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles is your threat appears to be contained to just Saturday, while for other locations, the severe weather threat could last for two days. Hail and straight-line wind damage are the primary threats in and around Dodge City (probably closer to that 3:00 hour), although there is a slight tornado threat, particularly a little further east and south.

Oklahoma City: Building storm clouds late on Saturday evening will mushroom into some nasty storms overnight on Saturday and into Sunday, particularly just west of Oklahoma City, although you guys will be targeted, again, on Saturday night and early Sunday. I’m thinking about 1 AM to around 7 AM on Sunday morning is your target time for the worst of your severe weather threat in and around Oklahoma City. Again, areas just west of you could see it later on Saturday evening (6 p.m. on). Straight-line wind damage and large hail are probably the bigger threats in Oklahoma City, although a tornado cannot be ruled out. Have your weather radios on with fresh batteries for Saturday night.

Dallas: It looks like a strong line of storms will move through, similar to Oklahoma City, during the early(ish) hours of Sunday morning. Your target time for a nasty batch of storms on Sunday is going to be pre-dawn (perhaps 3-4 AM) until around 7-9 AM in the morning. These storms could contain large hail and strong 60-70+ MPH straight-line winds with perhaps an isolated tornado as well. Same deal here in the Metroplex- have your weather radios ready to go.

Omaha, NE: The crux of the tornado threat is to your south, but Omaha could be in line for two bouts of severe weather this weekend. The first likely arrives with a batch of severe storms on Saturday night around 6-9 p.m. before more showers and embedded thunderstorms head your way overnight Saturday night into Sunday. The worst of the storms appear, right now, to be the ones earlier on Saturday night.

Kansas City: From sun up until sundown on Sunday, Kansas City looks to be in the line of fire for storms throughout the day. The cold front won’t push through K.C. until late Sunday night around close to midnight Monday morning, so until then there’ll be a constant chance of severe weather. The tornado threat looks to be concentrated to your south, but one certainly can’t be ruled out along with a significant chance of hail and strong straight-line winds.

Shreveport, LA: You may get a shower or storm in the wee hours of Sunday morning, but your main threat arrives around 2-3 p.m. CT until 9 p.m. or so. Shreveport-area residents up to Texarkana and points in and around need to be on guard; the Storm Prediction Center has put you in a moderate risk for severe weather on Sunday. With daytime heating helping fuel instability, Shreveport could be at risk for large hail, wind damage and strong tornadoes. You need to keep your eyes to the sky this weekend. Here’s a look at that moderate risk, as issued by the SPC on Friday morning:

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Little Rock, AR: Storms will be around all day on Sunday, with the initial batch arriving around dawn on Sunday morning. Explosive supercell development is pegged for around the 2-4 p.m. hour in central Arkansas, with tornadoes a serious possibility, at least right now, in the region. The threat dies down after dusk, but storms could still be rolling through as late as 10 or 11 p.m. on Sunday night in Little Rock. The worst of it looks to be mid-to-late afternoon on Sunday. Keep a close watch here.

Stay safe and keep it tuned into WeatherNation for the latest on this severe weather threat. Meteorologist Chris Bianchi.

2 responses to “When might you be affected by this weekend’s severe weather outbreak?

  1. Thanks for the info. Lot of people here in the Shreveport area concerned. We will keep our eye to the sky!

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