It wouldn’t be normal during the month of April if we didn’t experience our weekly round of severe weather. That reputation appears to uphold itself by Tuesday evening, as strong thunderstorms will move in due to an approaching cold front. Ahead of the front, very strong to severe thunderstorms will erupt and track southeast.
Per usual, I like to include the latest convective outlook from the Storm Prediction Center. The entire Resident News Network coverage area is included in an “enhanced” (level 3 of 5) risk of severe weather.
Thunderstorms should initiate in southern Kansas prior to tracking southeast through the afternoon and evening hours. As we approach the 8-9 PM hour, thunderstorms will likely be entering our area. These thunderstorms will likely arrive in the form of a large MCS, or linear complex, for better term.
While these storms will pose a tornado risk, I am concerned on the matter of intense straight-line damaging winds. Areas with the most organization could contain wind gusts of 60-80 MPH. Large hail could also form in this environment, adding the danger of wind driven hail.
Please have a way to receive warning information tomorrow evening, especially if you choose to go to bed. I will have plenty of information on my Facebook and Twitter (@wxzachary).
By late Tuesday night, the severe weather risk will be completely gone from our area and everyone can sleep easy! Be sure to follow for updates on this upcoming system.