After a welcome week-long lull in severe weather, the central and southern Plains are once again at risk for violent thunderstorms today into Friday.


After a welcome week-long lull in severe weather, the central and southern Plains are once again at risk for violent thunderstorms today into Friday.

Thunderstorms with damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes were extremely isolated across the central and southern Plains from last Friday to Wednesday afternoon.

That will change today as the slow-moving storm system that AccuWeather.com MeteorologistKatie Storbeck discussed on Wednesday finally emerges from the Rockies.

Most of the severe weather will wait until later today to ignite, but today is starting with drenching thunderstorms from Kansas to Missouri.
These thunderstorms actually began pounding western Kansas with hail Wednesday night. Ping pong-sized hail from one thunderstorm covered the ground at the Lake Scott State Park.

Later this afternoon and evening, more numerous violent thunderstorms will erupt from south-central Nebraska to central Texas.
Cities that lie within this zone include Russell, Dodge City and Wichita, Kan., Oklahoma City, Okla., and Wichita Falls and Abilene, Texas.
The strongest thunderstorms will unleash damaging winds and window-shattering hail. Tornadoes could touch down and cause destruction, especially across central Kansas and south-central Nebraska.

The severe weather will not make much eastward progress later tonight. Instead, additional intense thunderstorms will develop from western Oklahoma to central Texas.

These late-night thunderstorms will shift to the north and east on Friday, reaching places from eastern Nebraska and Iowa to East Texas.
The thunderstorms from late tonight will remain capable of producing strong winds and hail on Friday. Flooding downpours are also a serious concern.

If enough sunshine breaks through the clouds after the thunderstorms from late tonight depart, yet another round of severe weather could target the corridor from central Kansas to central Texas late Friday afternoon.

This same corridor, from Wichita to Oklahoma City to Abilene, will welcome a break from violent thunderstorms on Saturday as the severe weather threat zone shifts to the mid-Mississippi Valley and Arklatex.