An emerging storm from the west could spell severe weather across the south-central United States into Tuesday.
A storm system moving into the center of the country on Monday will help to ignite a line of spotty severe thunderstorms from Oklahoma and Kansas to central Texas by Monday afternoon.
The above-average temperatures and sunshine that held over the center of the country over the weekend will be replaced with this turbulent weather.
The humid air coming out of the Gulf of Mexico ahead of the storm will clash with some cooler air the storm will bring behind the severe weather. This clash will help to fire spotty storms late in the day on Monday.
"Severe thunderstorms that ignite during the afternoon from west-central Texas to central Kansas and eastern Nebraska will tend to be spotty in nature," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
"There will likely be more numerous severe thunderstorms that develop Monday night in West Texas around Midland. These thunderstorms should evolve into a cluster of heavy rain that will target north-central Texas later at night," Pydynowski added.
These storms will have the potential to bring large hail and damaging winds from southern Nebraska to central Texas. This includes the cities of Midland, Texas; Oklahoma City and Wichita. Some isolated tornadoes are also possible.
"Following the potential for severe weather from Dallas and Oklahoma City into Monday night, the risk of severe thunderstorms may expand into more of southern and eastern Texas by Tuesday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Becky Elliott said.
On Tuesday, the storm will continue to draw tropical moisture from the Gulf, before stalling over the lower Mississippi River Valley. Some gusty winds will be possible in these storms, but the major threat will become drenching rain that could cause flooding.
Into the end of the week, eastern Texas and Louisiana to Missouri could have persistent heavy rain, totaling more than half a foot.