Last week severe weather completely ravaged parts of the South, and more severe weather is in the forecast for this week. This system is predicted to be located in the Rockies and the Midwest, but will move quickly into the Plains states as well. This looming threat of severe weather will begin on Tuesday and will continue into the evening. If the conditions are right, then the severe weather will more than likely be scattered and small in scope. The severe weather threat will return by Wednesday and will move into Thursday, caused by a downward dip in the jet stream that will quickly pivot into the Plains. Warm, moist, and unstable air will be present into the southern and central plains and western Great Lakes by this time.
Unlike the storm that many witnessed last week, residents can rest easy knowing that this system will not be as destructive as the last. There will be no widespread threat of tornadoes, yet some threats will still be present in the Plains. Meteorologists predict that the storm system will be most intense on Thursday, and will begin to die down on Friday.
Wednesday is when the threat of severe weather will begin for the high plains of Wyoming, Nebraska, upper Midwest, and some parts of the southern Plains. Hail and high wind gusts can be expected for the areas of Oklahoma City, Abilene, and Cheyenne.
On Thursday is when the storm systems will be the most intense. This will affect the upper Mississippi Valley and the southern Plains. There will be an initial round of thunderstorms in the morning that will then redevelop over the day. In the evening the storm system will then hit an area farther west. Oklahoma City, Dallas, Kansas City, and the Twin cities can expect hail, damaging winds, and some isolated tornado threats. These tornadoes will develop in the afternoon or evening in the upper Mississippi Valley and parts of Kansas and northern Oklahoma.
The system will become milder on Friday and will move into the central Great Lakes area, the Ohio Valley, lower Mississippi Valley, and central and east Texas. These areas can expect to see hail, and heavy rainfall that could possibly lead to flash flooding in the area. Louisville, Memphis, Houston, and San Antonio are the predicted areas of impact on Friday.
It is always in your best interest that you stay updated on any severe weather threats in your area. The Weather Channel is a good way to stay updated on the weather in your region, as well as your local weather authority. For your safety, it is also a good idea to keep an emergency kit with you when there is a threat of severe weather near you. This can include anything from flashlights to non-perishable goods.