A slow-moving cold front will ignite thunderstorms capable of damaging winds and flash flooding across the central and southern Plains on Tuesday.
According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Josh Searles, "A cold front extending from the upper Great Lakes through the central Plains will slowly push southeastward into Tuesday night."
A line of thunderstorms is forecast to develop from southeastern Kansas into Michigan into the afternoon hours and slowly spread southeastward into Tuesday night.
Cities at risk for a strong thunderstorm include St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri; Topeka and Wichita, Kansas; Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Fayetteville and Fort Smith, Arkansas.
While flash flooding will be the main impact, some storms could produce damaging winds and lead to downed trees and power lines.
Isolated power outages are possible.
"Farther northeast, where there is less instability, thunderstorms will primarily bring the threat for flash flooding, including Chicago and Grand Rapids, Michigan, into Wednesday morning," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Chyna Glenn.
Travel will become dangerous at times across Interstate 44 from St. Louis to Oklahoma City, Interstate 70 from St. Louis to Topeka, Kansas, and Interstate 40 from Oklahoma City toward Little Rock, Arkansas.
Drivers are urged to slow down if caught in a heavy downpour to avoid the risk of hydroplaning. Use your flashers to alert drivers of dangerous road conditions.
"The threat for damaging wind gusts will gradually diminish Tuesday evening, but storms into the overnight hours will still be capable of causing localized flash flooding," Searles said.
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Thunderstorms should move out of Kansas City just in time for the evening baseball game between the Royals and the Minnesota Twins; however, showers may still linger through the evening hours.
The same cannot be said for the matchup between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Thunderstorms are expected to hang around the city through most of the evening, which could lead to a game postponement. Anyone heading to the game hoping it will start should bring along raincoats and umbrellas.
These storms will continue to push southward into the Gulf Coast states on Wednesday.
These storms could bring some relief to the heat and drought across Texas through late week.
Cooler, more seasonable air will build in behind the front on Wednesday and remain into the weekend.