The threat for a few strong thunderstorms will shift eastward across the corridor from Dallas to Indianapolis into Monday.
The same storm system spreading welcome rainfall across the Midwest is sparking thunderstorms capable of unleashing damaging winds farther to the south.
An isolated tornado touching down cannot be ruled, as well as one or two of the strongest thunderstorms dropping hail.
The violent thunderstorms will increase in coverage from north-central Texas to central Missouri into this evening, then will target the zone from far northern Louisiana to southern Indiana Monday afternoon.
Cities in the threat zone into this evening include Dallas, Texas, Tulsa, Okla., and Springfield and Columbia, Mo.
Monday afternoon, communities at risk will lie from El Dorado, Ark., to Memphis, Tenn., to Louisville, Ky., to Indianapolis, Ind.
A widespread outbreak of severe weather is not expected these days, but it only takes one powerful thunderstorm downing a tree onto a home or vehicle to cause death or bodily harm.
The strongest thunderstorms into Monday afternoon will also be capable of unleashing downpours. However, that news will not be meet with jeers by many residents.
While the downpours threaten to reduce visibility and cause water to pond on roadways--both hazards for motorists, the rain will be a welcome sight to a region that the United States Drought Monitor states continues to suffer from an extreme to exceptional drought.
After a few strong thunderstorms press eastward through the Ohio and Tennessee valleys Monday evening, showers and thunderstorms will stretch from the central Gulf Coast to the Northeast on Tuesday.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists are monitoring the potential for the thunderstorms to turn severe across the central Appalachians.
Big changes are on the way for parts of the Western and Central states late this week and into this weekend.
Similar to the days prior to Thanksgiving, the worst weather will focus on the days prior to Christmas as millions of travelers take to the roads and airways.
Despite a brief warmup in Chicago, wintry conditions will span the weekend.
Warm air is forecast to surge into much of the eastern half of the nation by the weekend and will be accompanied by heavy rain and flooding risk in some locations.
Thunderstorms in parts of the South this weekend may become strong enough to threaten lives and property.
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