There is the risk of strong to locally severe thunderstorms for a time Wednesday night from northern Louisiana to southern Illinois.
The greatest risks from the storms will be strong wind gusts and hail, as well as flash and urban flooding.
Cities that could be hit by the strong storms and their gusty winds and blinding downpours include Little Rock, Ark.; Memphis, Tenn.; Tupelo, Miss.; Monroe, La., Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Louisville, Ky.; and Evansville, Ind.
Even as the potential for severe thunderstorms decreases after midnight, showers and locally heavy, gusty thunderstorms will continue along an advancing front as it pushes to the east through Thursday.
There is a slight chance of a couple of the strongest storms producing a tornado.
A strong flow of air behind the front can bring damaging wind gusts even without thunderstorms.
There is the potential for nearly hurricane-force wind gusts in the clear air spanning thousands of square miles expanding from the northern Rockies to the northern and central Plains during the middle of the week.
Very blustery conditions are likely to sweep into the middle Mississippi and Ohio valleys Wednesday night and Thursday in the wake of the front.
After a bout with lower temperatures early this weekend, temperatures will rebound for warm weather into early next week; however, a lack of rain will do little to alleviate the drought.
Temperatures will rebound into the weekend and will provide a warm start to next week. However, very little rain is expected to alleviate the ongoing drought.
Following a cooldown at midweek for Detroit, temperatures will remain below normal most days through the weekend.
Remnants of thunderstorms on the High Plains from Wednesday will re-fire farther east over the Mississippi Valley Thursday into Thursday night.
Building code changes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy are raising rebuilding costs for homeowners and other property owners while still attempting to mitigate future damages.
Baltimore, MD (1991)
Hail 1-1/2" in diameter fell north of Baltimore City.
Mauna Kea & Mauna Lea, HI (1995)
6" of snow above 13,500 feet.
Mississippi & Alabama (1908)
Tornado swarm: 155 killed in Mississippi; 37 perish in Alabama.