Locally severe thunderstorms will continue to erupt from Kansas to northern Texas and Louisiana through tonight.
The thunderstorms will also graze western parts of Missouri and Arkansas before the danger zone centers on places from East Texas to Alabama on Easter Sunday.
With the strongest thunderstorms through tonight, the main threats will remain large hail, damaging wind gusts, blinding downpours and lightning.
An isolated tornado or two also threatens to touch down and cause destruction.
One powerful thunderstorm that rolled through Shreveport, La., during the mid-afternoon hours produced marble-sized hail and a 63-mph wind gust.
Cities within the threat zone include Wichita, Kan., Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton, Okla., Shreveport, La., and Dallas and Wichita Falls, Texas.
The scale of the violent thunderstorms through tonight will be on a more localized level; however, it only takes one damaging thunderstorm or tornado to ruin Easter weekend for a family or community.
Warm and moist air from the Gulf of Mexico is providing the necessary fuel for the severe thunderstorms, which are erupting ahead of a cold front dropping southward through the Plains.
For Dallas, Wichita Falls and other places near the western border of Texas and Oklahoma, the severe weather threat will actually be greatest late at night as the cold front approaches.
On Easter Sunday, the severe weather threat zone will focus on places in between Tyler and Houston, Texas, to west-central Alabama in the afternoon. This includes College Station and Lufkin, Texas, Shreveport and Alexandria, La., Jackson and Hattiesburg, Miss.
Damaging winds, hail, blinding downpours and isolated tornadoes will remain the greatest dangers.
As July draws to a close, a storm system swinging up from the Deep South will bring downpours to the northeastern U.S. and break the back of an extended heat wave.
Repeating and slow-moving storms will raise the risk of flash flooding and damaging winds over northern and central High Plains into Thursday night.
The F1 season continues this weekend with the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim with disruptive showers and thunderstorms in the forecast.
Highs will run between 10 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit above average across much of the interior western United States into the upcoming weekend.
Repeating downpours will raise the risk for flash flooding along the Gulf coast and lower Mississippi Valley through the middle days of the week.
The heat felt across the United Kingdom during the middle of July has faded and is not expected to return through at least the first week of August.
Hurricane Bertha formed 450 miles east of Jacksonville, FL. Maximum sustained winds of 75 mph with gusts to 90 mph.
Western Pacific (1990)
Typhoon Steve east of Iwo Jimo. Peak winds of 125 mph sustained gusts to 155 mph.
5-12" of rain north of Denver led to serious flash flooding (28th-29th). 108 mobile homes were destroyed and 481 others were damaged in Ft. Collins. 5 people were killed and 40 others injured.