Severe Storms Threaten the Arklatex into Tonight

By Matt Alto, Meteorologist
November 11, 2012; 3:59 PM
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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 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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