A multi-day threat of severe weather has put millions on alert from Texas to the Midwest

A multi-day threat of severe weather has put millions on alert from Texas to the Midwest

Kansas City, Missouri – The threat of severe thunderstorms continues to grow across the midsection of the country this week, as millions from Texas to the Midwest and Great Lakes brace for the threat of another severe weather for several days.

The threat began Tuesday in Missouri, but by Thursday, the severe weather is expected to grow and expand to affect tens of millions of people from Dallas to Chicago.

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The threat of severe thunderstorms on Wednesday includes the Central Plains and lower Missouri Valley

The FOX Forecast Center says severe thunderstorm activity is expected to cook off Wednesday.

Storm coverage, as well as the threat of severe weather, will increase during the day when humidity, atmospheric energy and wind shear will be much higher.

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There are two areas of concern on Wednesday; The first is along a warm front extending across Missouri and Kansas. This first round of storms is expected to develop across northeastern Kansas after 5 PM Central Time before expanding into Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa.

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This graphic shows the threat of large hail on Wednesday, March 13, 2024.
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This graphic shows the threat of damaging winds on Wednesday, March 13, 2024.
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This chart shows the tornado threat on Wednesday, March 13, 2024.
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NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) put nearly 3 million people across the region in cities like Kansas City, Missouri, and Topeka, Kansas, at level 2 out of 5 of risk on a 5-point severe thunderstorm risk scale.

The second area of ​​concern is from southeastern Kansas to far northeastern Texas, where weather conditions will also support thunderstorm development. However, the FOX Forecast Center says the cover or “cap” in the atmosphere could prevent storms from forming at all in that area.

Any severe storms that develop Wednesday are capable of producing large hail, damaging wind gusts over 60 mph, and a few tornadoes.

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Thursday could be the main event in terms of a multi-day severe weather threat

Thursday could be the day the bulk of the severe weather events begin, with millions of people from Texas to the Great Lakes region at risk of potential extreme weather.

The SPC placed nearly 18 million people at Level 2 out of 5 risk on its severe thunderstorm risk scale on Thursday, and the threat includes cities such as Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Garland and Waco in Texas, as well as Springfield. Jefferson City, Missouri, and Des Moines, Iowa.

The FOX Forecast Center says the day will once again focus on two main areas of potential development, the first across southern Iowa and northern Missouri into central Illinois and the second farther south from eastern Oklahoma and Texas into Louisiana and Arkansas.

Conditions near the low pressure area and warm front will likely lead to the development of supercell thunderstorms across northern Missouri, Illinois, and southeastern Iowa.

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Thunderstorms developing along and south of the warm front will be able to produce hail greater than 2 inches, wind gusts greater than 60 mph and some tornadoes.

In the south, severe thunderstorms are expected to explode ahead of a dry line across Oklahoma and northeast Texas – including the Dallas-Fort Worth area – during the early afternoon hours.

Any severe thunderstorm will bring the threat of large hailstones, damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, and possible tornadoes. But the FOX Forecast Center says how the thunderstorms will develop into the Thursday evening hours is still unclear.

If these storms come together and form a squall line, the risk of damaging straight-line winds will increase, before the thunderstorms weaken and collapse overnight into Friday.

So, be sure to download the free FOX Weather app and enable notifications to be alerted of any major forecast changes or severe weather alerts issued in your area.

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