Severe storms in forecast for US much of this week

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says a mostly rural area of north Texas and southern Oklahoma could see the worst of it Tuesday. These storms will move to the east Tuesday night. Any time between 2-8pm looks like the best bet for another round of severe storms.

Sunday's severe weather happened as residents in the Deep South cleared branches and worked to restore power from earlier weekend storms.

This update has been issued to increase the severe weather risk level to Enhanced over portions of the southern Edwards Plateau, Rio Grande plains and western Hill Country.

While hail, wind and flash flooding will be possible in any storm, the threat of tornadoes will be highest in a smaller region. A tornado or two is not out of the question, the weather service said. A few storms could be severe, so the First Alert 25 Weather Team has declared the next 12-24 hours a First Alert Weather Day.

- What can we expect?

The chance of tornadoes, damaging winds and hail up to golf-ball size exists this afternoon, she said. This low will track east into Texas and across the southern USA, providing the focus for this week's active severe weather.

STORM THREATS: The SPC has included the entire WDSU viewing area in the Slight Risk category for severe storms.

Tornado potential is highest in southwest Oklahoma, with a medium chance of a twister developing.

Round #1: Storms will begin to fire up along our dryline Tuesday afternoon. Another round of strong to severe thunderstorms is expected to track through the ArkLaTex Wednesday afternoon and evening. But the European model doesn't show the Gulf mass of storms, and the model madness makes for a low-confidence forecast.

If the areas have severe weather, the drill will be rescheduled to Thursday or Friday.

Through the afternoon and evening, severe thunderstorms will extend into eastern Arkansas and Louisiana and Southeast Missouri.

  • Larry Hoffman