Severe storms to overspread central Plains through Friday night

By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
May 18, 2018, 3:00:31 PM EDT

Into Friday night, conditions be prime for another round of severe storms to form over the central United States.

"Moisture that has moved over the High Plains from the Gulf of Mexico, along with daytime heating, will help to ignite another round of thunderstorms across parts of the High Plains," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Maura Kelly.

While storms have been a nearly daily occurrence this week in the High Plains of southeastern Wyoming, eastern Colorado and western South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, more widespread activity is in store for the end of the week.

Early week storms have dropped large hail and produced strong winds and even a few tornadoes. Storms early Friday night will pose similar threats, with the addition of incidents of flash flooding, according to Kelly.

"Many areas that were hit by severe thunderstorms on Thursday and Thursday night will once again have the chance for severe storms for a time Friday night," Kelly said.

Denver; Cheyenne, Wyoming, and large portions of Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma will also be threatened.

While the chance for severe weather is lower, strong storms could also rumble through Wichita, Kansas, and Oklahoma City during the late-night hours on Friday.

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"While it isn’t one of the main threats, we can’t rule out the possibility of isolated tornadoes," she said.

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As is usual for springtime in the Plains, residents will need to remain up to date on local watches and warnings. In the event of a warning, it is important for motorists to get off the road if possible and for everyone to seek shelter in a sturdy structure.

Outdoor furniture should be secured or moved inside ahead of any storms. Cars should be parked in protected areas as well to avoid damage.

As this system treks through the central U.S., unsettled weather conditions will persist, with spotty severe storms continuing to be a threat into this weekend.

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