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Mother's Day Severe Storms to Threaten Iowa to Texas

Severe weather will continue to threaten lives, property and Mother's Day festivities across the Plains on Sunday.

The corridor from Iowa to eastern Texas and Arkansas will face severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds, hail, frequent lightning and even a few tornadoes.

The afternoon and evening hours will be the most active time of Sunday, but powerful thunderstorms will not be absent from the morning.

Anyone with outdoor plans should monitor MinuteCast® to stay ahead of the storms.

As the severe weather from Saturday wanes, another round of heavy thunderstorms will ignite during the pre-dawn hours of Sunday in west-central Texas. This will occur in the vicinity of San Angelo and Junction.

These thunderstorms will track northeastward into central Texas and east-central Oklahoma Sunday morning, grazing Dallas and passing just to the east of Oklahoma City.

Hail, downpours and lightning are the greatest concerns with the thunderstorms that kick off Mother's Day.

As the atmosphere has time to warm and destabilize, the stage will be set for the storm system bringing Mother's Day snow to Denver and Rapid City, South Dakota, to also ignite more potent severe thunderstorms Sunday afternoon.

Such thunderstorms will fire from around Iowa to north-central Texas before tracking eastward to the mid-Mississippi River, northern Louisiana and northeastern Texas at night.

Cities in the threat zone Sunday afternoon and night include Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri; Tulsa and McAlester, Oklahoma; Fayetteville and Little Rock, Arkansas; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Dallas and College Station, Texas.

"Storms that do develop will be capable of producing large hail and damaging winds," stated AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Meteorologist Alex Avalos.

A couple of tornadoes will also touch down, especially across the central Plains.

Regardless of their severity, all thunderstorms will produce lightning. Remember to seek shelter as soon as thunder is heard to avoid being struck by lightning.

"Heavy rain will be a common concern through Sunday evening," added Avalos.

The heavy rain could cause flash flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas, especially in communities where recent rounds of thunderstorms have left the ground saturated.

Downpours will also create hazards for motorists by dramatically reducing visibility and heightening the concern for vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds.

The severe weather danger across the United States will not end with Mother's Day, but will instead focus on the corridor from the lower Great Lakes to the Arklatex on Monday.