Severe storm and tornado threats in Plains, Midwest



  • A multi-day threat of severe weather has returned to the Plains and Midwest this week.
  • Tornadoes, some potentially powerful, are a concern.
  • Large hail and destructive straight-line winds are also dangerous threats.

A dangerous, multi-day barrage of severe weather will continue to batter parts of the Plains and the Midwest this week. This includes the threat of some strong tornadoes, especially on Tuesday.

What we are currently following

Right now, showers and storms are spreading across the Plains and the Midwest. Below is a look at the current radar, along with any active watches and alerts.

This burst of severe weather began late Sunday in the Plains, where it produced more than a dozen reports of tornadoes in parts of Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma. The storms also produced wind gusts of up to 100 miles per hour in Salina, Kansas, and 80 miles per hour in Hutchinson, Kansas.

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Forecast distribution

  • I’ve been checking out the scattered severe storms that could produce wind damage and large hail tonight from the mid-Mississippi Valley to the Great Lakes, possibly including the Chicago and Milwaukee metro areas.
  • A separate line of severe storms could hit the Central Plains during the evening and overnight hours. Those storms could produce large hail, straight-line wind damage and some tornadoes.

Tuesday-Tuesday evening

  • Low pressure and a cold front will bring a broader threat of severe weather from the western Great Lakes to the Mississippi and Missouri valleys, the Ozarks and Oklahoma, possibly including Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Wind damage, large hail and tornadoes are likely throughout Tuesday evening.
  • The greatest threat of tornadoes, possibly with some strong (EF2 or greater damage), is expected from far northern Missouri to central and eastern Iowa, northwestern Illinois, southwestern Wisconsin and far southeastern Minnesota.

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Wednesday Thursday

  • A broad area of ​​strong to severe storms could develop along a cold front from North and Central Texas to Ohio on Wednesday. Wind damage and hail are the main threats, but an isolated tornado risk cannot be ruled out.
  • The possibility of severe weather will then focus on parts of North Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Northwest Louisiana and Southwest Missouri on Thursday. However, details are still uncertain.

Chris Dolce has been a senior meteorologist at for more than 10 years after starting his career at The Weather Channel in the early 2000s.