The U.S. has an active week of severe weather ahead for the eastern half through Thursday. Recent forecasts are showing severe thunderstorms, some possibly producing tornadoes and large hail, ranging from the southern plains of Texas all the up to the Ohio Valley / Michigan region from Monday to Thursday.
The springtime is typically the most active season for the outbreak of significant weather systems that bring damaging tornadoes, large hail, and heavy winds across tornado alley. This week is nothing unusual for this time of the year, especially if you live from Texas to the Ohio Valley down to the Mississippi and Tennessee Valleys.
A wide area of severe thunderstorm potential will range from southern Texas to Iowa on Monday. Primarily, the system will target the potential for tornadoes, large hail, and damaging winds across portions of traditional tornado alley (TX, OK, NE, KS, MO). Due to dew points on the rise coming from the Gulf of Mexico, these particular storms should be severe and could cause some damage to structures if taken a direct hit.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY
A significant severe weather outbreak is expected from Tuesday 5/7 to Wednesday 5/8 for much of the southern plains and traditional tornado alley region. On Tuesday, tornadoes are likely across northwest Texas including Amarillo and Lubbock. That system will trek east into Kansas and Oklahoma by Wednesday and will produce another tornado outbreak for areas like Oklahoma City, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Tulsa.
Ending the severe weather week, a large area from Texas to Michigan is in the forecast and could receive many isolated severe storms including the potential for tornadoes, large hail, and damaging winds.
If you live in the area where the severe weather is expected, remember to seek shelter if a warning is placed for your area. It is important for your safety during a severe thunderstorm.