Tuesday, April 4, 2023 3:47 PM

Severe outbreak today with strong tornadoes possible

Christopher Nunley

Another severe outbreak is expected today continuing into the nighttime hours tonight from the Great Lakes south toward the Gulf.

This severe weather will impact many of the same locations that saw severe weather just last Friday, March 31, where there is now a moderate (level 4 of 5) severe risk [red area] for the ArkLaTex region extending north into southern Missouri and across eastern Iowa into western Illinois and northeastern Missouri.

Surrounding the moderate severe risk is a large enhanced (level 3 of 5) severe risk [orange area], slight (level 2 of 5) severe risk [yellow area] and marginal (level 1 of 5) severe risk [dark green area] from eastern Texas to southern Wisconsin and into parts of Mississippi and Tennessee. This includes many major metro areas including Dallas, Little Rock, Tulsa, Memphis, Kansas City, St. Louis, Des Moines, and Chicago.

Today's (Tuesday) severe risk area

Today's (Tuesday) severe risk area
Today's (Tuesday) severe risk area

The severe weather setup on Tuesday is eerily similar to what the region saw last Friday, which means very similar hazards exist, including tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail. A few to several strong, long-track tornadoes are possible within the risk area, especially in the moderate and enhanced severe risk areas. These tornadoes could be EF2 or stronger. In these same areas, very large hail, larger than golf ball size, and wind gusts of hurricane force are possible.

Severe storms are already ongoing early this Tuesday and will continue this afternoon and evening with a gradual increase in intensity and coverage in storms. The severe threat will continue tonight and overnight, gradually shifting from west to east across the severe risk area.

Have a plan in place and reliable sources to receive warnings from

If you live in any of the risk areas, level 1-4, please make sure you keep up to date with the latest forecast. Have a plan in place in case a warning is issued. And have a couple of reliable, timely sources to receive weather warnings from.