Wednesday Severe Weather Update

Glen Norman
May 2, 2018

After 6pm and into the evening and overnight the area of storms will move east and mainly affect the far northern tiered counties of Kansas but certainly isolated storms are possible elsewhere in an isolated nature.

This week is severe weather awareness week and each day this week we will highlight some important information regarding severe weather and today's topic is severe thunderstorms. The pattern change will bring several days of potentially significant severe weather in the central U.S. It will also spread spring warmth across almost two-thirds of the nation from Texas to New England.

North central Kansas, including some of our northwestern areas, are included in a heightened moderate risk of seeing severe storms. These threats of medium to large hail, strong wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour and heavy rain largely impact areas in the north central part of the state, stretching east to north of Topeka and well into south central and southeast Nebraska. The tornado threat will be slightly higher on Tuesday.

With temperatures near 80 and a cold front associated with this system, severe weather could be a possibility.

Most of our area should avoid any severe weather Tuesday night, but western Chase and Morris counties could see stronger storms overnight.

On Wednesday, the threat expands and perhaps intensifies greatly. The weather pattern makes a multi-day severe weather event likely across the middle of the country.

Populated areas, including Omaha and parts of Kansas City, will be impacted.

Damaging winds, large hail and strong tornadoes will be likely. The best chance for tornadoes will be in the enhanced risk region and tornadoes that do occur could be intense. This feat is a new record in Oklahoma and ranks among the latest tornado seasons in Kansas, too.

Ahead of the severe weather it will suddenly feel like summer for the Midwest and Northeast. For parts of this region, this is the warmest air mass in almost six or seven months. On Tuesday, the activity moves into the Central Plains. Temperatures from the Midwest to much of the Northeast will be almost 10 to 15 degrees above average.

This is the beginning of a few warm days in the Northeast. By the end of this week, temperatures in the entire I-95 region will be nearing the upper 80s - with 90-degree readings possible locally.

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