After pummeling Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas with damaging hail, strong winds and tornadoes on Tuesday, the threat of severe storms will shift into the Mississippi Valley through Wednesday.
Warm, humid air will surge out of the Gulf of Mexico through the day, providing plenty of fuel for any storms.
While storms could disrupt the morning commute in Dallas, the main area of concern will be east of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Residents of eastern Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas; southern Missouri; Arkansas and western Louisiana should stay up to date on local watches and warnings throughout the day on Wednesday.
“The primary threats will be large hail and damaging winds, especially in southwestern Missouri, western and central Arkansas and down into far eastern Texas and northwestern Louisiana,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson.
On Tuesday and Tuesday night, similar weather conditions enabled the formation of storms capable of golf ball-sized hail, 80-mph wind gusts and several tornadoes.
Similar threats are expected in storms that spark farther east on Wednesday.
There is potential for local power outages as storms will be capable of wind gusts up to 70 mph, which can topple trees and power lines.
If possible, care should be taken to protect cars and close window blinds should a local hail threat arise.
Motorists should take precautions to avoid storms entirely, as thunderstorms pose multiple threats to those on the road.
In addition to potentially damaging hail and blinding rain within storms, the impact of heavy rainfall could last on affected roads well into Thursday.
“Motorists need to be alert for ponding of water on roadways and slow down to avoid hydroplaning,” said Adamson.
While hail, wind and flash flooding will be possible in any storm, the threat of tornadoes will be highest in a smaller region.
“While a tornado cannot be ruled out in any of the storms, the greatest tornado risk will be in southwestern and south-central Missouri down into far northwestern and north-central Arkansas,” said Adamson.
The threat will continue eastward on Thursday, as storms move into the eastern Mississippi Valley and southern Ohio Valley.