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Widespread Severe Weather Risk on Saturday

A large section of the Central United States will have the potential to see severe thunderstorms develop Saturday afternoon or overnight into early Sunday. Most areas will only see the chance for isolated severe storms, but areas under the slight risk (yellow color in the graphic above) are expected to see the chance for a few severe storms which may be slightly more intense.

Damaging wind gusts over 60 mph and large hail will be the primary concerns from any strong storms, but there is a small risk for a tornado or two, focused around the Texas and Oklahoma border, including the I-35 corridor.

A cold front draped from Canada south into Texas will act as the primary trigger for severe storms on Saturday, while a smaller cold front moves across the Northern Plains in the Dakotas and Nebraska. Plenty of Gulf moisture will be available for storms and with temperatures forecast in the 80s and 90s, instability will be able to build during the afternoon hours.

Intense storms in the Northern Pains and Midwest are most likely during the early and mid-afternoon hours. The snapshot below shows the estimated radar image at 5 pm CT.

Here is the model estimated radar for the southern end of the severe weather threat at 7 pm Saturday and 2 am Sunday.

Storms ongoing from Friday night and Saturday morning are expected to drift southeast toward the ArkLaTex, reaching severe potential again in the afternoon. Additional strong or severe storms are expected to initiate in Western Texas and Oklahoma in the late afternoon, with the potential for severe weather to continue in the evening and overnight.

Stay weather aware if you live in any of the risk areas and remember, warnings are always scrolling on the bottom of WeatherNation broadcasts and live streams.

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Rob grew up in South Florida, where daily afternoon storms and hurricanes piqued his interest in meteorology early on. That interest was fostered by his teachers and his father, who one time brought him onto the roof of their home to watch a funnel cloud move through the Everglades several miles away. ... Load MoreYears of filmmaking and tv production in high school gradually pushed him toward broadcast meteorology at Florida State University, where he joined and eventually led the student run daily weather show. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology, he began his career at KESQ in Palm Springs, California before heading to KFSN in Fresno and WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina. He has covered a diverse array of extreme weather events, including haboobs and flash flooding in the desert, extreme snow in the Sierra, hurricanes, and Appalachian ice storms. He also enjoys telling stories and reporting about weather issues. Connect with Rob on Twitter