Severe weather outbreak predicted in Oklahoma, Kansas

A "major severe weather outbreak" with "some strong, long-lived tornadoes", is expected Thursday afternoon and evening in parts of northwest Oklahoma and south-central Kansas, forecasters said.

"The environment will be favorable for supercells (discrete thunderstorms), and thus tornadoes", Strait said. This can change with little notice, so continue to monitor the weather closely through the evening. The severe potential for Friday will be assessed further later today and will be discussed in tomorrow's email. Ehret said that by the time the storm moved through the Spirit Lake area, winds were down to 40 miles per hour.

More showers and scattered storms are forecast for Wednesday into Thursday morning, with high temperatures cooling into the 70s on Wednesday and 60s on Thursday.

Several tornado warnings were issued as severe thunderstorms moved east across western Wisconsin.

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Alabama and the Deep South have distinct severe weather seasons.

Other tornado watches extend from northern Texas throughout central and northeast Kansas. There will be some threat for locally heavy rainfall during this time.

As always, one of the best ways to stay on top of the latest weather developments where you live is to have our FREE KTRE First Alert weather app. on both your smart phone and tablet devices. "The greatest tornado threat will be west of the Metroplex". After merging into a line of thunderstorms, the primary hazards include large hail and damaging winds. "An isolated tornado could occur with any bowing line segments". While we are preparing for severe weather, they prepare for snow and ice. In addition, they don't have to contend with the colder air that turns these storms into snow producers earlier in the year instead of severe storm machines this time of year.

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Some of the hailstones from the most violent storms could reach the size of baseballs.

Rain and storms will push out of our region this weekend with highs in the 70s under a mostly sunny to partly cloudy sky.

Supercell thunderstorms are expected in western Oklahoma where there is a chance of tornadoes with very large hail.

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