A storm that brought hail and waterspouts to Southern California Thursday will bring the risk of violent thunderstorms to Wichita Saturday afternoon and evening.
A warm front developing over the southern Plains produced showers and thunderstorms from northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas to Tennessee during Friday.
Stiff southerly winds will bring in warm, more humid air over Kansas into Saturday, setting the stage for severe thunderstorms as the strengthening storm system rolls out of the Four Corners.
The most common traits of the storms as they slice eastward across central Oklahoma and Kansas Saturday will be damaging straight-line wind gusts, large hail and flooding downpours.
However, with this particular setup, a couple of discrete intense storms can produce a tornado.
Storms capable of producing a tornado were forecast to develop over eastern New Mexico and the northern Texas Panhandle to southwestern Kansas during Friday.
The greatest risk of tornadoes appears to be taking aim for northeastern Kansas to Iowa during Saturday, but a trailing line of severe storms will extend southward across the Red River.
The timing of the severe storm risk Saturday in Wichita will be from about noon Saturday until 9 p.m. Sunday, CDT.
Sunshine and a less volatile atmosphere will return to Wichita and much of the central Plains during Sunday.
While remaining on a localized level through Tuesday, severe weather will ramp up across the Plains on Wednesday.
Although spring may be in full swing, more than one-third of the Great Lakes remains covered in ice.
A potent area of low pressure moving into the West will dictate the weather from Washington to Texas heading into the new week.
After taking a tumble Easter Sunday, temperatures will quickly rebound in Boston for Patriots' Day.
There hasn't been any measurable precipitation in San Francisco since April 4.
A cooldown at midweek will erase the warmup expected for New York City Monday and Tuesday.
Southeastern VA (1991)
Torrential rain; 5.89" at Norfolk broke the 24-hour record for April (5.19" set in 1883). This was the most rain in one event since Hurricane Cleo dumped 11.40" from August 31 to September 1, 1964.
Omaha, NE (1992)
Snowfall of 9.3" -- only the 6th time in 100 years that over 1.5" of snow has fallen after April 15th. Only 13.3 inches fell for the entire season before this storm. Other snow totals: Brownsville, NE 14.0" Blair, NE 12.5" Offutt AFB, NE 12.0" Eppley, NE 10.0" Kansas City, MO 2.7"
Sacramento, CA (1880)
7.24" of rain, heaviest in 24 hours.