Residents of the southern Plains are being put on alert for an outbreak of severe weather later this week that will be complete with tornadoes.
"We are looking at Thursday to be the first decent setup for tornadoes this spring," stated AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Storm Warning Meteorologist Rebecca Elliott.
The danger also exists for numerous thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds, large hail and blinding downpours.
Thursday will likely be the most active day of the week, in terms of severe weather, across the southern Plains as a potent storm from the West clashes with warm and humid air streaming in from the Gulf of Mexico.
Cities likely in the path of Thursday's severe weather outbreak include Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla., Fayetteville, Ark., and Dallas, Waco and Tyler, Texas.
The violent thunderstorms may press to the lower Mississippi Valley Thursday night.
However, severe weather will return to the southern Plains as soon as Tuesday, just in a more isolated fashion.
Locally severe thunderstorms may erupt Tuesday afternoon across central Texas, which includes Abilene and Wichita Falls.
Severe weather may also erupt from central Texas to eastern Kansas and Missouri on Wednesday ahead of Thursday's outbreak.
Residents throughout the South Central region of the United States should continue to check back with AccuWeather.com as more details on the severe weather threat unfold.
The running total of tornadoes so far this year is lagging behind normal, as seen in the below chart, which is consistent with the AccuWeather.com Long Range Forecast Team original thinking that this year's severe weather and tornado threat will spike later than usual.