Severe thunderstorms and thundery downpours will affect parts of the Plains and Midwest during the Memorial Day weekend. A potential severe weather and tornado outbreak is possible during the middle and latter part of next week.
Spotty late afternoon and evening thunderstorms will fire each afternoon through Sunday over the High Plains. A couple of these storms can be briefly severe. Meanwhile, multiple downpours and locally heavy, gusty storms with hail will reach from the Dakotas to Illinois and Missouri.
Areas hit by multiple downpours and thunderstorms over the weekend run a greater risk of flash and urban flooding.
The main area that will be affected by unsettled weather on Memorial Day will focus over portions of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri with isolated storms extending southward into parts of Texas and Oklahoma.
During Monday, a developing warm front, combined with an upper-level disturbance dipping over the Plains, will give thunderstorms extra energy and severe weather.
The greatest risks from the storms Monday afternoon and evening will be frequent lightning strikes, damaging wind gusts, hail and flash flooding. In a couple of the strongest storms, there is the potential for a tornado as well.
The spotty storms Saturday and Sunday, as well as the more general storms and downpours Monday, have the potential to disrupt outdoor activities ranging from memorial services and parades to picnics and barbeques.
Updates on the storm situation, as well as regional and local radars, will be available on AccuWeather.com throughout the holiday weekend.
The Next Severe Weather Outbreak
There is a possibility of a severe weather outbreak beginning Wednesday over the High Plains, spreading eastward over the lower Plains and Mississippi Valley Thursday into Friday.
This severe weather event later next week could feature tornadoes. Details will follow over the Memorial Day Weekend.
Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologists Brian Lada and Alex Sosnowski.