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Severe Weather Threat Saturday



From WeatherCall Senior Meteorologist Gene Norman

A severe weather threat is developing this weekend across parts of the southern plains, disrupting a recent string of pleasant fall weather days.

The areas of highest risk are indicated in yellow and orange on this map are places where storms are expected Saturday, October 21. The greatest threat is large hail, damaging winds along with a few strong tornadoes.

Cities where these kinds of storms are expected include Wichita, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

These areas have a risk, defined by the Storm Prediction Center as “slight” or “enhanced”. Click here for a complete definition of these threat levels.

This is a busy weekend with plenty of fall festivals and college football games, so it is imperative that you stay informed about changing weather conditions and that you have a plan for where you go if the storms strike while you are outdoors.

The storm threat will likely begin to organize during the later afternoon and continue overnight. Be sure you have a way to know about threats, even after you go to sleep.

We expect to see periodic outbreaks during the fall, even though many think of these kinds of storms as a “spring thing”. Over the next few weeks, as the cold air begins to descend from Canada, it will collide with warmer air in lingering in the south. Additionally, we look for upper-level winds to produce the kind of “spin” in the atmosphere that generates dangerous, tornadic storms.

WeatherCall Services provides community home owners with a new tool called HazardCall that helps their residents have a “Ready-Set-Go” plan. For more information about that click here.

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