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Spring storms Tuesday night- Wednesday

By Sharon Ray, Chief Meteorologist, sharonr@kmiz.com
Published On: Apr 09 2013 01:57:10 AM CDT

A strong  storm system and trailing cold front will move through the central and southern high plains Tuesday, drawing up warm, moist air from the south. Storms are expected to develop from northern Kansas in the afternoon, quickly expanding south through southern KS and Oklahoma and re-develop to the east toward evening, entering western Missouri.  Strong damaging winds and isolated large hail are the primary threats with the storms as they move into areas west of HWY 63 Tuesday night but isolated, weak tornadoes can't be ruled out, especially in areas near or west of HWY 65.  Storms are expected to weaken as they move east with a diminishing severe threat into the early morning hours Wednesday.

A few showers and t-storms will be ongoing in the morning hours Wednesday as the cold front slowly progresses east to near HWY 63.  Storms are expected to increase in coverage and strength during the afternoon as the air becomes more unstable due to daytime heating and lower pressure aloft, increasing the severe risk for areas near and east of HWY 54. Damaging winds and isolated tornadoes will be possible as the line of storms moves into eastern Missouri.

Heavy rain is likely with the strongest storms and localized flooding is possible. Highest rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches are expected near and east of HWY 54 with lower amounts west.

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