Severe thunderstorms to rattle Texas to Wisconsin through midweek
Residents from Wisconsin to Texas should keep a close eye on the forecast and keep flashlights and weather radios handy Tuesday into Wednesday.
A strengthening storm system ejecting eastward into the Plains will serve as the trigger for these storms.
“Severe storms will first develop during the afternoon along the boundary separating cool air to the north and warm air to the south, stretching from northern Wisconsin through eastern Nebraska,” according to AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist John Lavin.
“The main threats will be damaging winds, hail and flash flooding, but a few tornadoes are also possible in this corridor.”
These storms will target cities such as Minneapolis, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska.
“Most of the thunderstorm activity will remain just to the north of Minneapolis through the Tuesday afternoon rush hour before arriving shortly thereafter,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun stated.
“By late afternoon and evening, supercells (the strongest type of severe thunderstorm) should erupt from northwestern Kansas southward through western Oklahoma and western Texas,” Lavin said.
Lavin believes that the area from southwestern Kansas through western Oklahoma and the eastern Texas Panhandle is at greatest risk for being rattled by tornadoes, some of which could develop extreme intensity.
These violent tornadoes may threaten the cities and surrounding communities of Hays and Dodge City, Kansas; Woodward and Elk City, Oklahoma; and Childress, Texas. ■