There will be yet another threat for severe weather on Thursday throughout the central and Southern Plains. As we move into the weekend, there will be an even higher risk for some organized severe weather, and ahead of this cell will be a very slow-moving system that will hover over the Rockies.
For most of the areas that will be impacted, large hail and wind gusts will be the main concerns. Tornadoes are still a looming possibility, so it is important to stay updated on the weather in your specific area each day.
On Thursday, a closed off low-pressure system will stay intact over the Four Corners and an active branch of the jet stream will make for an even larger threat for severe thunderstorms with large hail, damaging winds, and even a few tornadoes throughout the central and southern plains all the way to Coastal Texas and Western Kansas.
As we then move into Friday, there will be a second flare-up of some severe storms that will focus in the south-central states, such as Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, and Louisiana. The primary concerns with this system will again be large hail and very damaging winds. These winds have the potential to knock out power in some areas and even bring up some shallow-rooted trees as well. With these kinds of severe storms, it is always in your best interest as a homeowner to be prepared. This means have an emergency kit on hand and have it loaded full of non-perishable goods, water, a first aid-kit and blankets. Also, investing in a backup generator would be a smart investment. When there is heavy rain and the power is out, a sump pump cannot properly function, leading to basement or home flooding.
Once we reach Saturday, this upper-level system will begin to make its way to the east into the nation’s cental area, with severe scattered thunderstorms very possible in the southern Plains and lower-Mississippi Valley. Large damaging hail and strong winds will be the main threats with this system as well.
On Sunday, this system will continue pushing towards the east as we close out the weekend. This means that there will more than likely be some severe thunderstorms present in the middle and the lower Mississippi Valleys.
Because these systems are very slow-moving, this means that there is a large chance that the cell can trigger flash flooding in parts of the South along the northern and Western Gulf coast throughout the weekend. Areas that have already been receiving large amounts of rain are the most at risk, as the ground is still saturated and cannot hold that much water.
For more information on the weather in your area, check with your local weather authority or The Weather Channel for continuing updates!