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Severe weather returns to the plains Thursday through Friday

Mark your calendars. Set a reminder on your mobile phone. Severe thunderstorms will return to the Plains this Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26. This will be our next higher chance for severe thunderstorms, including cities like Wichita Falls, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Wichita, Topeka, Kansas City, Omaha, Des Moines and Peoria. On Thursday, the highest risk area will be in the central and southern plains, including Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The potential for severe weather will continue in Oklahoma and Kansas on Friday, but then spread into Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska.

A powerful upper level low pressure system will blast out of the Rocky Mountains and move across the plains. This will help create wind shear and lift in the atmosphere.

An intense dry line is expected to form at the surface. This is the boundary between very dry air and stuffy air. The instability forecast is already moderate and thunderstorms are possible.

The chance of thunderstorms is already evident in extensive forecasts, including cities such as Oklahoma City. According to the Storm Prediction Center, isolated events such as large hailstones and high winds appear to pose the greatest hazards. However, a tornado can never be ruled out. The severe weather may continue on Saturday, but the predictability currently seems too low for concrete statements.