Severe Storms Threaten Omaha, Topeka, and Wichita

November 10, 2012; 6:02 AM ET
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A storm system which is currently producing heavy snow over parts of the northern Rockies will spark a round of severe weather into tonight in the Plains.

Thunderstorms will initially develop early this evening from west-central Kansas through south-central Nebraska. This first round of storms could affect cities and towns from Wichita, Kan. to Grand Island, Neb.

These initial storms will be capable of producing flooding downpours, damaging winds to 65 mph, hail to the size of golf balls and perhaps a couple of tornadoes.

As the evening progresses, thunderstorms will expand northeastward through eastern Kansas, the remainder of eastern Nebraska and perhaps southwestern Minnesota. Storms will also fire farther south into western Oklahoma and parts of the Texas Panhandle.

As storms first develop across the entire area, they could produce a few tornadoes. However, as time progresses, thunderstorms will likely form into an organized squall line, capable of producing widespread damaging wind gusts.

The damaging wind potential this evening will be highest from Topeka, Kan. through Lincoln and Omaha, Neb., into Mankato, Minn.

Travel into the first half of the night could become difficult along I-80 in Nebraska as well as I-70 in Kansas and I-40 through western Oklahoma. Travelers should prepare for blinding downpours and potential detours around any local flooding problems.

After midnight, storms will continue to press eastward, perhaps affecting Des Moines, Kansas City, and Oklahoma City. However, being mid-November, it becomes harder and harder to sustain a severe weather event into the overnight hours due to cooling of the atmosphere after sunset.

Still, a threat for flooding downpours and isolated damaging winds will persist into Sunday morning through the central Plains.

Another severe weather threat will develop Sunday afternoon farther to the south and east, perhaps affecting St. Louis, Little Rock, Shreveport, and Tyler.

Residents of the central Plains should keep an eye to the sky this afternoon and evening and take cover if threatening weather approaches.

Heed all watches and warnings and check back with AccuWeather.com as we keep you updated on the severe weather.

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