Severe Storms Slice Across Central Plains, Midwest

Another round of severe weather is expected across the Heartland today with large hail and damaging winds across the Plains. 

A slow-moving low pressure system draped across the Midwest will allow more warm and humid air northward into the Ohio Valley and Middle Mississippi Valley this afternoon. With an unstable atmosphere and a dry-line moving across the southern Plains, storms will develop across eastern Nebraska and Kansas and work eastward into Missouri and Iowa later in the evening. 

The Storm Prediction Center has issued an Enhanced Risk across this region, with the main threat being large hail over the size of golf balls and damaging winds exceeding 60 mph. An isolated tornado is possible within the strong thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. 

Cities that will have to be prepared for severe weather and darkening skies this afternoon and evening are Grand Island, Lincoln, Norfolk, and Omaha, Neb., Wichita, Emporia, Topeka, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Waterloo, Iowa, and Quincy, Ill. 

A few severe storms producing damaging winds will also be possible across the lower Mississippi Valley and the Mid-South. These storms will develop this afternoon across eastern Arkansas, northeastern Louisiana and northwestern Mississippi before spreading into the rest of the Deep South later today.

On Thursday, severe thunderstorms dotted the Southeast, central Plains, and Middle Mississippi Valley. Wind gusts up to 80 mph were reported across southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma, along with large hail up to the size of softballs. Wind gusts of 77 mph were recorded in Hays and Lindsborg, Kan.  Portions of Kansas, like the cities of Barber and Aetna received hail from the size of golf balls to baseballs. Parts of the western panhandle of Texas received hail to the size of baseballs, including the town of Brice and Codman.