Published: Fri, April 28, 2017
Local | By Dorothy Bennett

April 26, 2017 SEVERE STORMS FORECASTED ON WEDNESDAY (Audio)

April 26, 2017 SEVERE STORMS FORECASTED ON WEDNESDAY (Audio)

We will continue to monitor the storm initiation during the day tomorrow to see where we will see strong storms around here.

The focus of the severe weather will be in areas south and east of I- 35, the weather service said. Severe storms are also possible Saturday and Sunday, mainly in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas.

Sunday poses the same risk for severe weather as Friday, with hail, flooding, damaging winds, and tornadoes all possible.

The active weather pattern will persist beyond tonight, giving everyone on and off chance of showers and storms through the work week into the weekend, according to the weather service.

Severe storms and flooding rainfall will return to Oklahoma late Friday night.

Storms should exit nearly the entire area by early evening, with brief clearing to follow and then a return of low clouds by Friday morning.

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"Showers and thunderstorms will develop over parts of the Central Plains that will expand into the Middle Mississippi Valley by Tuesday evening", the NWS says in a summery.

The National Weather Service predicts possibilities of hail, wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour and a risk of tornadoes. Meanwhile, places like Ottawa and Burlington (southeast cities) might pick-up over an inch of rain. Daytime highs should move back into the upper 60s or lower 70s this afternoon along with southeast winds and 15 to 20 miles per hour.

A warm front moving north across the region should be enough to kick off some scattered, locally-heavy afternoon and evening storms Friday from about 1 PM to 8 PM.

Rain likely by Tuesday night through Thursday with totals in some spots picking up over an inch!

Winds will be powerful out of the north at around 20 to 25 miles per hour.

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