Severe weather possibilities to grow in central Plains through late Saturday

Mostly non-severe storms set stage for intense Saturday

Kansas City, Mo. – Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 – NOAA forecasters said wet stormy conditions will dominate weather in the middle of the country into the latter half of the coming weekend.

Widespread but spotty storms will keep the region on the rainy side today and Friday with non-severe showers and thunderstorms popping up in numerous locations from the northern Rockies and the Southwest across much of Texas and the southern Plains to the Great Lakes and New England.

Areas at Slight Risk of severe weather development likely to produce hail, high winds and some tornadoes will be limited to the south-central Plains today and Friday before the risk area bursts into a 10-state area of the Plains and Midwest.

For today, thunderstorms are possible into tonight for major portions of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana. The Fire Danger Index will climb to very high to extreme levels tonight into Friday afternoon and High Wind Warnings note 40 mph winds with gusts to 50 mph in south-central Wyoming. Mountain areas of western Colorado can expect 4-8 inches of snow driven by 15-30 mph winds gusting to 45 mph.

See today’s Hazards Map at and the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center threats map at

Forecasters at NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center said there is a slight chance of severe weather development later today in southeast Kansas, northeast Oklahoma, southern Missouri, northern Arkansas, extreme southwest Kentucky and extreme northwest Tennessee. See today’s outlook graphic at

An area at Slight Risk of severe storms Friday includes south-central Nebraska, the western half of Kansas, most of the Oklahoma Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. See graphic at

Local National Weather Service offices have been spreading the word among state authorities since early Wednesday about the explosive potential for severe weather in the Nation’s Heartland on Saturday. The usual slate of college football games and numerous other large-venue, outdoor events have forecasters and state and local officials coordinating to stay abreast of any severe weather developments.

The risk area for Saturday includes parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as the southeast shore of Lake Michigan. See graphic at

Hazardous Weather Outlooks providing information about how weekend storms are expected to impact the region are available from several National Weather Service offices including:

  • Dodge City, Wichita and Topeka, Kansas; Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis, Missouri; Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Des Moines, Iowa; and Gaylord, Michigan.

Winter Storm Watches have been issued by the Boulder/Denver, Grand Junction and Pueblo, Colorado, offices.

Web briefings on possible storms have been posted by offices including:

NOAA’s five-day precipitation outlooks may be found at

Local National Weather Service office web pages are available at; select the desired location. All segments of the U.S. weather and flood forecasts and outlooks are available through the NOAAWatch briefing page at

Contact:  Public Affairs Specialist Patrick Slattery (816) 268-3135

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