Another day, more storms: Two areas at risk for severe weather on Tuesday
May 9, 2023
Another day, more storms
Tues: 2 areas at risk of severe storms
As we mentioned yesterday, each day this week will have a severe threat across different parts of the nation. Today’s turn for severe storms will be over parts of southeastern Virginia and eastern Carolinas. Additionally, more severe storms are expected over the Plains and are continuing in the same general area this week, which will increase the risk of flooding.
Tuesday’s rounds of severe storms will be mainly focused over the central Plains, specifically over Kansas, where the risk has increased to ‘enhanced’, a level 3 out of 5 on the severity scale. The threats are large hail, damaging winds, and several tornadoes in the afternoon into the evening hours.
There is plenty of energy flowing from the Jetstream that is becoming more favorable to support large storms as it bends in response to an incoming low-pressure system in the upper levels of the atmosphere. This one will be the main driver for severe storms on Wednesday across areas of eastern Colorado where they have not seen a threat for severe storms like this since 2018.
Tuesday’s main driver is a surface low-pressure system emerging from the Rockies that will be developing a front. With plenty of moisture flowing in from the Gulf of Mexico over the Plains and all the warmth, storms will be developing this early afternoon between I-80 and I-70 between southern Nebraska and northern Kansas. These batches of storms are moving southward.
Expect the cluster to slow down and others to develop across central Kansas as a line of storms also develops ahead of the dry line extending over northwestern Texas and the Oklahoma Panhandle. Although the most severe storms will remain focused over Kansas this afternoon.
Make sure to have at least 3 ways of receiving weather alerts. There could also be some flooding developing as today’s storms move slowly, and there will be more storms in the coming days across the Plains.
The central East Coast threat
Some scattered severe storms are possible across the eastern portions of North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. A trough will be moving through the area, which remains with enough moisture to create some severe thunderstorms with the main threat of damaging winds. Some of the severe storms could reach South Carolina by the end of the day as the storms will be moving north to south generally.