Published March 09, 2013
The same storm system which is producing blizzard conditions near Denver, Colo., will spark a round of severe weather tonight across the southern Plains.
As AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Anthony Sagliani warned earlier in the week, "Hail the size of quarters, ping pong balls or even tennis balls are possible with any of these storms, which can easily break windows, smash windshields and injure unsheltered livestock."
Widespread low clouds and drizzle across Texas and Oklahoma are preventing thunderstorms from developing earlier in the day.
Therefore, it will take until some heating stirs up the atmosphere later this afternoon, causing storms to initially fire from near Oklahoma City, Okla., through Abilene, Texas.
Storms will then expand into this evening farther south and east, affecting residents from Tulsa, Okla., through Dallas, Waco, Austin and San Antonio, Texas.
Thunderstorms will be capable of producing the dangerous hail mentioned above along with wind gusts to 60 mph, which can easily down small trees and power lines.
An isolated tornado is also possible, especially across southeastern Oklahoma and northeastern Texas, where the twisting of the winds is most prevalent.
Thunderstorms will remain severe through the late-evening hours before transitioning into more of a heavy rain event overnight over far southeastern Oklahoma and eastern Texas.
Farther to the north, AccuWeather.com meteorologists are concerned for isolated severe weather this afternoon and evening across north-central Kansas and a small part of southern Nebraska, including the city of McCook.
This separate area of thunderstorms will develop with some daytime heating underneath the primary low pressure center.
Thunderstorms which fire in this region of a storm system will be capable of producing large hail and isolated tornadoes due to changing winds throughout the atmosphere.
Travelers along I-80 in north-central Nebraska could run into these hail-producing storms.
As always, residents are urged to keep an eye to the sky this afternoon and tonight. Heed all watches and warnings which are issued and check back with AccuWeather.com as we continue to monitor the severe weather.
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