Damaging Storms for Wichita, Oklahoma City Monday

By Brian Edwards, Meteorologist
April 22, 2013; 6:59 AM ET
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A cold front tracking southward across the central Plains on Monday will trigger a round of severe thunderstorms from southern Kansas to northern Texas, southwestern Missouri and northwestern Arkansas. These severe storms will precede a cooldown for the middle part of the week.

Ahead of the push of chilly air, high temperatures across cities, such as Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Wichita, will climb into the 70s on Monday afternoon with a gusty southerly wind.

Thunderstorms will initially fire from Oklahoma City through Wichita and central Kansas Monday afternoon, bringing a threat for damaging winds to Salina, Emporia, Ponca City and Enid.

Hail as large as golf balls is possible in both of these areas. Hail this size can put dents in vehicles, break windows and cause injury.

Severe storms will then spread southeastward through the evening hours, bringing that damaging wind and large hail threat to a zone from Springfield and Joplin, Mo., southward to Fort Smith, Ark., and McAlester, Okla.

A tornado or two cannot be ruled out either with the stronger storms, especially across central Kansas and north-central Oklahoma, but this will by no means be a widespread concern. Any tornadoes that occur should be short-lived.

The overall severe weather threat is expected to calm down after midnight, but much colder air will filter into the central Plains with temperatures falling into the 30s by daybreak Tuesday from Oklahoma City to Wichita.

Check back with AccuWeather.com for the latest on the impending severe weather and click over to our Severe Weather Center for the latest watches and warnings.

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