Published: Wed, April 17, 2019

More severe storms aim this week for places still recovering from tornadoes

More severe storms aim this week for places still recovering from tornadoes

As of Tuesday afternoon, the NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has upgraded the threat for severe weather to an enhanced risk (3 out of 5) for the WAFB viewing area.

We'll continue to update this story with the newest information from our severe weather team.

Large hail, damaging winds and an isolated tornado are all possible late Wednesday afternoon and evening.

The best chance for severe weather is between 6 and 10 p.m., but the thunderstorms could start popping up around the evening rush hour, according to the Weather Service. The line of storms should weaken as it moves from west to east across the ArkLaTex Wednesday night.

"Significant 2-inch or greater hailstones are possible in each area from supercells in early stages of the convective evolution". Strong winds are also possible, along with the risk of a few tornadoes.

Beyond the "enhanced risk" zone, a "slight risk" (Level 2 of 5) of severe storms extends from the Mexico-Texas border to Iowa. That includes densely populated areas around San Antonio; Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kansas City; Wichita, Kansas; and Shreveport, Louisiana.

Numerous parameters for severe weather will be in place - except moisture.

"Damaging wind is the main threat with large hail", Thompson said.

By Friday morning, the storms will near coastal Atlantic states, bringing the potential for severe weather from Florida to Washington. Spotty storms will initiate between 4pm and 6pm along and ahead of the cold front.

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