Tornado threat returns to Southern Plains this week

Violent thunderstorms may press to the Ohio valley Thursday night and Friday.
Apr 1, 2014 reports people of the Plains will need to keep an eye on the weather this week for a multiple-day severe thunderstorm outbreak that will be complete with tornadoes.

A couple of slow-moving storm systems will be responsible for multiple rounds of severe weather over the Central states through Friday.

Spotty thunderstorms can become severe for a brief time Monday over part of Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota.

During Tuesday and Wednesday, thunderstorms can become briefly severe farther south from Texas to Kansas and Missouri. The storms on Wednesday could be known for large hail, ahead of a push of warm, humid air.

"We are looking at Thursday to be the first decent setup for tornadoes this spring," stated AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Storm Warning Meteorologist Rebecca Elliott.

Thursday will likely be the most active day of the week, in terms of severe weather, across the southern Plains as a potent storm from the West clashes with warm, humid air streaming in from the Gulf of Mexico.

Warm, humid conditions will be established by Thursday centered on Arkansas, but including most of the neighboring states.

In addition to the tornado threat, there exists the potential for numerous thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds, large hail and blinding downpours on Thursday.

Cities likely in the path of Thursday's severe weather outbreak include Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; Fayetteville, Fort Smith and Little Rock, Ark.; and Dallas, Waco and Tyler, Texas; Joplin, Springfield and Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and Shreveport, La.

The violent thunderstorms may press to the lower Mississippi and Ohio valleys Thursday night and on Friday.

Residents throughout the South Central states should continue to check back with as details on the severe weather threat unfold, especially concerning the storms during the second half of the week.

The running total of tornadoes so far this year is lagging behind average.

The behavior of this season's severe weather season is consistent with the Long Range Forecast Team's synopsis that this year's severe weather and tornado threat will spike later than usual.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was written by Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist for