A strengthening storm tracking toward Michigan will continue to spark violent thunderstorms before the weekend comes to a close.
Severe thunderstorms, some capable of spawning tornadoes, are already erupting across the central and southern Plains with more to follow as tonight progresses.
The risk of damaging and life-threatening storms remains high through this evening across central Texas, central and eastern Oklahoma, central and eastern Kansas, northern and western Missouri, northwestern Arkansas, southeastern Nebraska, Iowa and northwestern Illinois.
According to Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity, "The potential from the storms spans the complete arsenal of violent weather ranging from large hail and flash flooding to damaging straight-line wind gusts and tornadoes."
One severe thunderstorm from earlier today downed power lines and a store's sign in Altus, Okla.
Cities that could be hit by violent thunderstorms into this evening include Omaha, Des Moines, Rockford, Kansas City, Joplin, Fayetteville, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas and Wichita.
College and high school football games are only a handful of the activities that could be impacted by the severe weather threat.
Late tonight, the severe weather danger will shift eastward to Chicago, St. Louis, Little Rock and Shreveport.
The risk of storms with strong wind gusts and torrential downpours will then continue into the latter part of the weekend.
Over portions of the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes, strong wind gusts, with and without thunder, are a possibility as a cool front plows eastward during Sunday. Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville, Cincinnati, Columbus and Detroit could experience squalls capable of knocking down tree limbs and power lines.
Farther south, locally drenching thunderstorms may affect portions of central and northeastern Texas to part of the lower Mississippi Valley Sunday.
The pattern shaping up into this weekend is a classic example of the secondary severe weather season that occurs during autumn.
A powerful storm will bring disruptive weather from Spain to France and Italy for Christmas Day.
As California heads into its third consecutive dry winter with no relief in sight, firefighters continue to battle a late-fall blaze in Big Sur.
After several days of unseasonable warmth, bitter cold and rounds of snow will continue to spread across the Western and Central states into this weekend.
Similar to the days prior to Thanksgiving, the worst weather will focus on the days prior to Christmas as millions of travelers take to the roads and skies in the U.S. and southern Canada.
An abrupt and abnormal cold wave gripped parts of southeastern Texas in early December, catching many off-guard, including two native Southern California bobcats recently transferred to the area.
Warm air is forecast to surge into much of the eastern half of the nation by the weekend and will be accompanied by heavy rain and flooding risk in some locations.
Central Illinois (1836)
Famous "Sudden Change" in central Illinois. Cold front at noon caused quick drop from 40 degrees to zero.
Black Hills, SD (1964)
Chinook: temp. rise 0 degrees to 50 degrees.
Lander, WY (1924)
Bar. pressure 31.29" 1060 mb.