A storm system will tap in to a warm and moist airmass over the southern Plains, helping to spark a round of severe thunderstorms into tonight.
This is the same storm which will also lead to locally flooding rains over parts of the Southeast the rest of this weekend.
Thunderstorms will fire this afternoon in two primary zones. The first one being over south-central Texas from west of San Antonio through Del Rio and Laredo.
These storms will initially fire over the higher elevations in northern Mexico before tracking into Texas.
These south-central Texas storms will initially be capable of producing large, damaging hail and damaging wind gusts greater than 65 mph.
Farther to the north and east, thunderstorms will develop along a trailing cold front this afternoon from far northeast Texas through western Tennessee.
This will bring a threat for damaging winds and large hail to Little Rock, Memphis, Tuscaloosa, and Shreveport.
Though the graphic above shows two distinct regions where the best chance for severe weather lies, there can also be an isolated gusty thunderstorm in between these zones across central Texas. San Antonio, Austin, Waco, and Houston lie in this zone where very isolated thunderstorms may fire.
There is even the threat for an isolated tornado or two, especially from eastern Arkansas into northern Mississippi and southwestern Tennessee where the best "wind shear" is occurring.
Wind shear is a term which means "twisting of the winds as you go higher in the atmosphere." The more wind shear or the more changing of the winds, the better chance for rotation in thunderstorms.
Stay tuned to AccuWeather.com into tonight as we continue to monitor the severe weather threat.
Heed all watches and warnings and check in with our Severe Weather Center for the latest information.
The risk of flooding from Odile will spill onto Texas and parts of the southern and central Plains late this week into the weekend.
Torrential rainfall slammed parts of Serbia over the weekend, resulting in two deaths as rushing waters sliced through area streets.
Igniting across Northern skies, ghostly rivers of light dance overhead each year, emitting vibrant shades of green, blue, pink, red and violet.
On Tuesday, Edouard became the first major hurricane in the Atlantic since Sandy. While Edouard remains at sea, rough surf will reach some Atlantic coast beaches.
Moisture from Tropical Rainstorm Odile will deliver torrential rainfall and cause life-threatening flooding over the interior Southwest through the balance of the week.
The chilliest air of the season so far will settle over much of the Northeast Thursday into Friday and will bring frost to a large area.
Eastern States (1990)
Record cold in many locations.......... Location Temp Previous Record ----------------- ---- --------------- Rochester, NY 37 38/1953 Youngstown, OH 34 38/1959 Atlantic City, NJ 36 39/1968 Allentown, PA 36 37/1959 Providence, RI 39T 39/1959 Binghamton, NY 35 36/1953 Flint, MI 35 36/1959
New York, NY ()
4" of rain fell from an early nor'easter.
Eugene, OK ()
0.18" of rain - first measurable rain since June 27, 1998. Longest dry spell record.