Severe Weather Outbreak Will Target Texas, Oklahoma

April 21, 2010; 2:25 AM
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A significant severe weather outbreak will target the south-central U.S., including Texas and Oklahoma, Thursday into Friday, potentially ramping up a slow start to the 2010 severe weather season. Damaging hail and tornadoes will be the primary concerns.

Severe Weather Shaping Up

A storm system dropping heavy rain and snow across the West today will move across the Four Corners region Thursday and emerge in the Plains Friday, sparking damaging thunderstorms.

While thunderstorms will develop well ahead of this storm system over the next few days, it is the Thursday-to-Saturday time frame that has meteorologists most worried.

Severe storms are expected to develop from central Kansas to northwestern Texas on Thursday and push east into areas from eastern Kansas to northeastern Texas by Friday. The central and lower Mississippi Valley will be targeted Saturday and the Tennessee Valley Saturday night.

These storms will likely produce large and damaging hail, gusty winds and tornadoes. Flooding rain is possible across the lower and mid-Mississippi Valley on Saturday.

Expected Disruptions

Disruptions to travel are expected across the South over the next several days as the severe weather moves through.

Highway travel will be affected most as debris, downed trees and power lines could make driving a nightmare in some spots.

Interstate 40 from Oklahoma City to Nashville could be most affected over the next several days, while all other highways in the region could be prone to delays and detours.

Meanwhile, flights into and out of the region's airports will also face delays as this line of storms moves east.

The Travel Weather Center will have the latest up-to-date information on travel conditions.

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