Pockets of severe storms to riddle central, southern Plains Wednesday night

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
June 13, 2018, 9:30:35 PM EDT

Storms will continue to target portions of the Plains with an area of locally severe weather to focus from parts of Nebraska and Iowa to the tri-state area of Oklahoma, Texas and new Mexico into Wednesday night.

The greatest risks from the storms will be damaging wind gusts, large hail and flash flooding.

However, not every location within the severe weather risk zone will be hit by powerful thunderstorms.

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"We do not expect a widespread area of severe weather with this episode," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

The storms will tend to organize into small complexes or clusters.

"There may be isolated severe thunderstorms erupting near I-25 and drifting eastward," Pydynowski said. "Later Wednesday night, a cluster of hail-producing thunderstorms may develop around the Omaha, Nebraska, area."

It is possible that rain-cooled air may prevent severe storms over parts of Kansas.

However, some locations may be hit by more than one storm into Wednesday night. It is in these locations that run an elevated risk of flash flooding, even though much of the region remains in extreme drought, according to the United States Drought Monitor.

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Some cities that may be hit by a severe thunderstorm into Wednesday night include North Platte and Omaha, Nebraska; Limon and Lamar, Colorado; Gage, Oklahoma.

Motorists venturing along highways such as Interstate 70, I-80 and U.S. Routes 83 and 287 should be prepared for rapid changes in visibility and pavement conditions.

On Thursday, much of the area may get a break from thunderstorms and severe weather as the strongest storms are likely to focus over parts of the northern Plains and the Upper Midwest.

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