Severe Thunderstorms, and a Few Tornadoes, Expected in the Midwest and Plains Early This Week

Strong to severe thunderstorms will threaten the Midwest and Plains early this week, packing threats of damaging wind gusts, large hail and isolated tornadoes.

A pair of jet stream disturbances punching out of the Rockies into the central U.S. are responsible for the severe weather threat early this week.

The first disturbance produced severe weather from the Southern Plains into the Ozarks on Sunday night. There were nearly a dozen reports of tornadoes from Oklahoma into southwest Missouri. Multiple homes and a high school were damaged by a possible tornado in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, suburb of Coweta, according to The Associated Press.

This weather system has now arrived in the Midwest will trigger scattered severe thunderstorms from northern Michigan to southeast Wisconsin, Illinois and western Indiana.

These storms could contain large hail, locally damaging winds and a couple of tornadoes.

The next jet stream disturbance will punch out into the Plains by late Tuesday.

For now, the most likely area to see severe thunderstorms is from Nebraska into Kansas, Oklahoma and northwest Texas.

It appears these storms will be most numerous after sunset Tuesday night, eventually forming a line of thunderstorms known as a squall line, with damaging winds the primary threat.


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