Tornado, Hail Threat Continues Saturday: Texas to Dakotas

By Courtney Spamer, Meteorologist
May 18, 2013; 2:51 PM ET
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The threat for severe weather will continue this weekend. This next round of severe weather comes in the wake of storms on Friday which produced at least 10 tornadoes in the Plains. has comprehensive coverage here and here of the continuing severe weather in the Plains to start the week.

The following are updates from Friday and this blog is no longer being updated.

10:59 p.m. CDT Friday Golf ball-sized hail was reported in Deadwood, S.D.

8:44 p.m. CDT Friday Tennis ball-sized hail was reported in Eliasville, Texas.

8:15 p.m. CDT Friday: Seven miles west of Wendte, S.D., 1 inch hail was reported.

8:06 p.m CDT Friday: Local fire department in Eliasville, Texas reported the tornado that touched down there made a direct hit on a house. No information on injures has been reported.

7:49 p.m. CDT Friday: Graham, Texas is reporting 3.5 inch hail.

7:46 p.m. CDT Friday: A tornado was reported 1 mile north of Eliasville,Texas and is moving in a southeasterly direction. Take cover.

7:16 p.m. CDT Friday: Storms capable of producing tornadoes are moving into the areas of Stephens and Young counties in Texas.

7:11 p.m. CDT Friday: In Newcastle, Texas, 3 inch hail was reported.

6:20 p.m. CDT Friday: Hail the size of tennis balls was reported in Olney, Texas.

With multiple systems at work across the country, many areas will be seeing showers and thunderstorms into Saturday night. However, some areas, highlighted here, will be the most at risk for severe weather.

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Northern/Central Plains

A low pressure system emerging from the northern Rockies will create the potential for severe weather in the northern Plains.

Thunderstorms will develop from South Dakota to Texas Saturday afternoon and will continue into Saturday night as the area of low pressure strengthens over the Plains.

Some of the cities in this threat include Rapid City and Sioux Falls, S.D.; North Platte and Omaha, Neb.; Wichita, Kan. and Oklahoma City, Okla.

Thunderstorms that develop in this area will be capable of producing large, damaging hail, destructive wind gusts and even a few tornadoes.

Heavy downpours from these storms can lead to localized flash flooding, especially in low-lying areas and areas with poor drainage. Though heavy rains expected across the Dakotas will lead to a renewed flood threat for the Red River and its tributaries.

Tornadoes may develop in some severe storms with the greatest threat of tornado development occurring in the evening hours. The zone with the greatest tornado threat lies from western Nebraska through western Kansas and northwest Oklahoma. That area includes the cities of North Platte, Neb, Hays, Kan., and Woodward, Okla.

The threat of severe weather will expand across the Plains on Sunday as the area of low pressure continues to develop.


Many areas will be partly sunny across northern Texas on Saturday, allowing for extreme heat to hit the area. Some high temperatures could be knocking on the doorstep of all-time records, including the city of Wichita Falls.

However, this extreme heating through the day will help to fuel the development of some thunderstorms in the afternoon as a low pressure develops in northern Texas.

These thunderstorms will be quite isolated, but the conditions will be favorable for those few storms to develop into a strong or severe storm.

The main threats with these storms will likely be large-sized hail and possibly damaging wind gusts.

This area also has the potential to see more severe weather Saturday Night and into Sunday.

Meteorologist Brian Lada contributed content to this story.


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