April arrives with bang; severe weather expected

April showers may bring May flowers, but this week’s weather is going to bring more than just rain.

A surge of warm, humid air across the Central Plains, the South and parts of the Midwest will set up the potential for severe weather from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi to Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

The severe weather threat is limited to a smaller area in the Plains states on Wednesday.

For Thursday, the risk area grows to encompass a larger area.

The hardest hit areas will likely be places where severe weather is expected this time of year: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and eastern Kansas, but surrounding states could also see strong winds, large hail and tornadoes.

A surface low near the panhandle of Texas is developing today (Tuesday) and will slowly trek eastward across the Plains. Initially, there isn’t much support in the upper levels, so convection from warm, humid air will be the main firing mechanism.

By Wednesday and Thursday, more mid and upper level support in the atmosphere moves into the picture. This means bigger storms and worse weather. As the week progresses, especially Thursday, watch for the severe weather potential to increase from a slight risk area to a moderate risk.

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