Saturday Night Storms Across South

By , Senior Meteorologist
March 30, 2013; 5:23 PM ET
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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.

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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.


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