Thursday, March 15, 2012

Severe Weather Threat Across the Plains This Weekend / Early Next Week...

A threat of severe weather will develop across the Plains this weekend. Initially, the threat will begin in the high plains for Friday and Sunday (with a conditional threat there on Saturday as well), and will then spread into the central and southern Plains by Monday.

Below are the latest severe weather outlooks for Friday, Sunday and Monday from the SPC in Norman, OK:

Severe weather possible yellow shaded area on Friday

Severe weather possible red shaded area on Sunday
(and possibly to a lesser extent on Saturday)

Severe weather possible purple shaded area on Monday

The SPC skipped over Saturday on their outlooks, but there will be at least a slight chance of a few isolated severe storms within the red shaded area on the 2nd image on Saturday as well...

A surface dryline will set up over the high plains during the next couple of days.  As weak middle and upper-level weather disturbances move across the region, isolated to scattered severe thunderstorm development will take place along and ahead of the boundary during the late afternoon and evening hours.

Large hail, damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes will all be possible with this activity.

By Monday, a stronger disturbance will cause the dryline to move further Eastward during the day, reaching central and eastern Oklahoma into central Texas by late afternoon and early evening.  This will result in the severe weather threat shifting Eastward into those areas.

Folks living across the above mentioned areas should be on the alert this weekend and into at least Monday.  Make sure to review severe weather safety  tips and have a sheltering plan in place should severe weather threaten your area.

Stay tuned for updates as this situation unfolds over the next couple of days...

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