Severe Storms Threaten Southern Plains, Midwest on Warm Side of Snowstorm

Brian Donegan
Published: October 10, 2019

Severe thunderstorms will threaten the southern Plains and Midwest Thursday evening on the warm side of a major October snowstorm in the northern Plains and Rockies.

(MORE: Major October Snowstorm Forecast

A powerful cold front responsible for the coldest air so far this season will slide eastward into the Plains and Midwest. The sharp temperature gradient between the cold air behind the front and the warm, humid air ahead of it will destabilize the atmosphere, setting the stage for severe thunderstorms from the southern Plains to the mid-Mississippi Valley.

NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch valid until 8 p.m. CDT for northwestern Arkansas, southeastern Kansas, southwestern Missouri, eastern Oklahoma and North Texas. This watch area includes Fort Smith, Arkansas; Joplin, Missouri; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Current Radar, Watches and Warnings

As the cold front approaches the central and southern Plains and mid-Mississippi Valley from the west, fast-moving thunderstorms will develop rapidly along the front through Thursday evening.

Damaging wind gusts and large hail will be the main threats in this broad corridor from North Texas to Missouri and southwestern Illinois. A few tornadoes are also possible.


Thursday Evening's Severe Thunderstorm Forecast

Showers and storms are expected farther east on Friday, but severe weather is unlikely.

Severe Weather Recap

Scattered severe storms erupted on Wednesday evening from parts of North Texas into Oklahoma. At the town of Mobeetie in the eastern Texas Panhandle, a barn was destroyed and large tree limbs were downed, the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center reported. Hail a bit larger than quarter-size was reported in south-central Kansas in parts of Sedgwick and Sumner counties.

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