The same potent storm system that brought blizzard conditions to the northern Plains last night is sparking another round of severe thunderstorms across areas of the Ozarks, Arklatex and East Texas.
After thunderstorms brought damaging winds and hail to parts of eastern Nebraska and central Kansas last night, a new round has rapidly developed to the southeast of yesterday's storms.
Recent radar imagery shows that storms have quickly developed in a warm airmass over east Texas and central Arkansas. These storms have already produced wind damage and knocked down tree limbs near Nashville, Ark.
With mild air surging northward ahead of an approaching cold front, a nasty squall line will continue to develop into this evening.
Out ahead of the main line of thunderstorms, scattered supercells may still develop in the warm air and these super cells would have the best chance of producing a couple of tornadoes.
The greatest threats into this evening will be damaging wind gusts and hail to the size of golfballs. Even an isolated couple of tornadoes cannot be ruled out, especially ahead of the main line as is mentioned above.
Residents located in cities and towns from southeast Missouri and Arkansas into Louisiana and east Texas will need to be on alert for the impeding storms. Locations within this zone include Cape Girardeau, Mo., Little Rock, Ark., as well as Tyler, Texas and Shreveport, La.
Travel on I-40 in Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma as well as I-30 in Arkansas and Texas could get rough at times into the evening hours. Travelers should prepare for blinding downpours which will slow travel down.
Heed all watches and warnings and check back with AccuWeather.com as we keep you updated on the severe weather.
The severe threat will gradually come to an end as the storms move into the Mississippi Valley tonight.
As the storms and front pass to the east, much cooler air will filter into the region for Monday.
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Big changes are on the way for parts of the Western and Central states late this week and 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.
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.
Thunderstorms in parts of the South this weekend may become strong enough to threaten lives and property.
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