Despite a generally quiet start to severe weather so far this May, severe weather is set to return on Wednesday in the southern Plains.
A cold, slow-moving storm set temperature and snowfall records across the South last week and contributed to the lack of severe weather. The storm ushered in unusually dry air for this time of the year in the South.
However, the cold storm will depart into the Northeast this week, allowing more typical May heat and humidity to build across areas from Kansas to Texas.
The clash of returning heat and humidity and dry air lingering farther west will create a volatile scenario. The primary threat from the severe thunderstorms on Wednesday will be damaging winds and large hail. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
"The weather pattern this week does not favor tornado development," AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity said.
"In fact, this year has recorded the fewest amount of tornadoes (preliminarily) to date, since the 2005 season," Margusity said.
Cities at risk include Wichita, Kan., Oklahoma City and Abilene, Texas. The severe weather may even threaten Dallas later Wednesday night.
A combination of factors, including a storm emerging onto the southern Plains and an unrelated cold front, will keep the risk for severe weather in the region Thursday into Friday. Similar to Wednesday's threats, the primary risks will be focused on damaging winds and large hail.