Damaging Winds, Hail For Wichita, Oklahoma City Monday

A cold front tracking southward across the central Plains on Monday will trigger a round of severe thunderstorms from central Kansas through southern Missouri. These severe storms will precede a cool down for the middle part of the week.

High temperatures across cities such as Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Wichita will climb into the 70s on Monday afternoon with a gusty southerly wind.

A sharp cold front tracking southward will cut into this warm, moist airmass, sparking a round of showers and strong thunderstorms Monday afternoon.

Thunderstorms will initially fire from Oklahoma City through Wichita and central Kansas Monday afternoon, bringing a threat for damaging winds to Salina, Emporia, Ponca City, and Enid.

Thunderstorms could even produce wind damage as far north as Kansas City and Topeka.

Hail as large as quarters, ping-pong balls or even golf balls is possible in both of these areas. Hail this size can put dents in vehicles, crack or damage windshields and cause injury to exposed livestock.

Severe storms will then spread southeastward through the evening hours, bringing that damaging wind and large hail threat to a zone from Springfield and Joplin, Mo. southward to Fort Smith, Ark. and McAlester, Okla.

A tornado or two cannot be ruled out either with the stronger storms, especially across central Kansas and north-central Oklahoma, but this will by no means be a widespread concern. Any tornadoes that do occur should be short-lived.

The overall severe weather threat is expected to calm down after midnight, but much colder air will filter into the central Plains with temperatures falling into the 30s by daybreak Tuesday from Oklahoma City to Wichita.

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