Published April 14, 2013
A potent storm which will bring blizzard conditions to Denver early next week will also spark another round of severe weather for the southern Plains.
This potent storm, which will eject into the Plains Tuesday night, will spark a two-day severe weather event over the southern Plains.
The first round on Wednesday afternoon will begin across north-central Texas before spreading into central and eastern Oklahoma after dark.
This will include the cities of Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Abilene and Wichita Falls.
On Thursday, an even bigger severe weather threat will develop farther south and east as a potent cold front tracks across the southern Plains, overtaking a warm, humid air mass.
Thunderstorms will be ongoing Thursday morning from eastern Oklahoma through central Texas before spreading into the lower Mississippi River Valley Thursday afternoon and evening.
This threat Thursday will expand from Dallas and Austin, Texas, eastward to Springfield, Mo., Little Rock, Ark., and Shreveport, La., by the afternoon and evening hours.
Similar to what happened late last week, a large squall line could track across this region Thursday, bringing a widespread threat for wind damage. In addition, thunderstorms that pop up ahead of the main line could produce isolated tornadoes.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists are also concerned about a threat for flash flooding across the lower Mississippi River Valley Thursday as torrential downpours accompany the thunderstorms.
AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews stated that "The Mississippi River at St. Louis just crested at 6 feet below flood stage and an additional 1-3 inches of rain could lead to the river rising above flood stage."
Stay tuned to AccuWeather.com through early next week as we continue to monitor the potential for severe weather and river flooding.
Check out the Severe Weather Center for the latest watches and warnings.