By Kami Klein
Severe storms are expected throughout the afternoon and night, Monday into Tuesday, heading through the central states and eastward. This same storm system produced severe thunderstorms with tornadoes and large hail in Colorado on Saturday and has been steadily advancing eastward according to the National Weather Service.
Accuweather.com and the National Weather Service are both reporting that the storms are expected to begin in the early afternoon along a dryline from eastern Kansas into Oklahoma. The severe weather will journey eastward into Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and eastern Texas Monday afternoon. The National Weather Service warns that the main tornado risk appears to rise considerably once the system tracks into eastern Oklahoma in the late afternoon and into Arkansas during the evening.
Because of the substantial low level vertical shear over this area there is a good potential for strong tornadoes to develop. Intense supercells will most likely be possible as well.
Accuweather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski advises, “The storms will bring the potential for frequent lightning strikes, flash flooding and a few isolated tornadoes, along with the ongoing risks of large hail and damaging wind gusts.”
Thunderstorms will continue to push eastward late Monday night into Tuesday morning. Although there still will be capabilities of gusty winds and flooding downpours, the severe weather systems are expected to lower in intensity.
A few strong storms could redevelop during the day on Tuesday across part of the Ohio Valley as this system slowly drifts eastward.
Please stay tuned to local forecasts and take all precautions for your safety. Motorists should plan on checking frequently on weather reports to stay clear of active and dangerous weather.