Tornado outbreak expected today

Sunday brings the best chance for a large tornado outbreak we've seen all year.

Nearly all of Missouri and most of Arkansas are right in the bulls-eye. A large low pressure system coupled with plenty of upper level support all the way up to the jet stream is creating prime conditions for tornadoes, large hail, and damaging winds.

 

These storms won't waste any time developing, either. A line of storms will likely develop near the eastern borders of Kansas and Oklahoma in the morning hours.

From there, these storms will travel east into Missouri and Arkansas, ramping up strength as they move.

This is the second day of severe weather for the Plains. Yesterday brought a few reports of large hail in Texas and Oklahoma. Today will likely be much worse.

 

The threat for severe weather will continue into the work week.

Monday:
The threat for severe weather moves east into Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Once again, tornadoes, hail, and winds are all threats.

Tuesday:
Severe weather is possible all across the South and in the Carolinas. By this time, the system begins to fizzle, so severe weather threats, including the risk for tornadoes, are much smaller.

Wednesday:
This would be the fifth day in a row of severe weather. The risk area this day is much smaller, only covering the Carolinas and the southern border of Virginia.

 

A similar outbreak three years ago spawned hundreds of tornadoes, causing numerous deaths and billions of dollars in damages. Not all of the damage was related to tornadoes, either. A good portion was related to flooding, which is once again a concern these next few days.

Follow Storm Shield Meteorologist Jason Meyers via the Storm Shield app on twitter, @StormShieldApp and Facebook. Download the Storm Shield Weather Radio App for your iPhone or Android device and get severe weather alerts wherever you are.

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