Severe thunderstorms are in the offing on Saturday over part of the central Plains and middle Mississippi Valley.
The storms will erupt in parts of northern Oklahoma to eastern Kansas, much of Missouri, southern Iowa and western Illinois. Most of the storms will occur between 2:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. CDT, but some of the storms can survive through Saturday night.
The strongest storms will bring damaging wind gusts, large hail, flash flooding, frequent lightning strikes and the risk of a couple of tornadoes to some communities.
Severe Update: A tornado was confirmed near Orrick, Ray County, Mo. around 6:30 p.m. EDT Saturday. Tornado damage reported by law enforcement. Access to Orrick is blocked.
Major cities that could be hit by the storms include Topeka, Kansas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Joplin, Springfield, Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, Springfield, Illinois; and Cedar Rapids and Ottumwa, Iowa.
In addition to foiling outdoor plans like ballgames, weddings and graduations, the storms can knock out power in some communities, disrupt travel along I-35, I-44, I-49, and I-75, cause property damage and even threaten lives.
Elsewhere, locally drenching downpours will bring the risk of flash and urban flooding on Saturday into Saturday evening from parts of the central Appalachians, the Ohio Valley and the mid-Atlantic to the central Gulf coast.
More widespread severe weather and the potential for tornadoes is forecast on Mother's Day from central Texas, Oklahoma, central and eastern Kansas, northwestern Missouri, southeastern Iowa and central and northern Illinois.
Rounds of showers and thunderstorms will move through the Pittsburgh area this weekend with the threat of severe weather.
Stifling heat will persist across the Plains and Deep South this weekend before focusing on the West during the upcoming week.
A 10-month-old girl, who was in foster care, died after being left in a hot car in Wichita, Kansas, Thursday night, according to The Associated Press, as high heat gripped the area.
More summer-like conditions will return to the Boston area for a brief time before a front pushes through the region during the latter part of the weekend.
More summer-like conditions will return to the Washington, D.C., area for a brief time before a front pushes through the region during the latter part of the weekend.
More summer-like conditions will return to the Philadelphia area for a brief time before a front pushes through the region during the latter part of the weekend.
New York/MA (1819)
Two simultaneous cloudbursts, 45 miles apart; A bucket survey claimed 15" of rain fell at Catskill, NY. Highways were completely washed out. One washout started west of the old Albany Post Road and spread eastward across the road until it was 190 feet wide and 80 feet deep in a distance of 160 paces. At Westfield Valley, "suddenly the windows of heaven seemed to have been opened and the rain fell in such torrents that in less than 5 hours, Westfield River rose at least 20 feet above its usual height at low water. The river overflowed its banks with great rapidity and violence, sweeping away every bridge, fence and building which opposed its current."
Pittsburgh, PA (1872)
Cloudburst of 30 minutes followed by a flash flood. Over 133 people drowned on the north side of Butcher Run and Wood's Run.
New Jersey (1892)
Spectacular "double" waterspouts off Barneget Light at heights of 500-600 feet.