Severe weather to strike Oklahoma to Illinois into Wednesday night

Severe thunderstorms will once again target the central Plains into Wednesday night.

Thunderstorms producing hail the size of tennis balls erupted over northern Kansas late on Tuesday night, with enough hail falling to cover the ground in Jewell County.

The threat for additional severe weather, including tornadoes, will escalate from Oklahoma to Illinois late on Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night.

“The primary weather concerns with Wednesday’s storms will be damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes,” AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Richard Schraeger said.

Static Severe Wednesday 3 pm

Localized flash flooding can occur in low-lying and poor drainage areas.

Visibility will be reduced to dangerously low levels on stretches of Interstate 35, I-70 and I-80. Pooling of water on roads and minor street flooding can occur.

The violent thunderstorms will erupt along a line from Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, to Salina, Kansas, around sunset.

The thunderstorms will reach Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Kansas City, Missouri, later on Wednesday night.

The greatest risk for any weather-related disruptions to the San Francisco Giants versus Kansas City Royals game at Kauffman Stadium will be near the game’s end.

A heavy and gusty thunderstorm could reach Chicago early Thursday morning, but the threat for any severe weather will be drastically diminished by the time the storms rumble that far east.

Residents and travelers through the area should monitor local weather warnings and AccuWeather MinuteCast® to stay up-to-date on the latest developments.


Locally severe thunderstorms will march eastward on Thursday, stretching from the eastern Great Lakes region to the southern Plains.

An active weather pattern with storms rolling out of the Rockies and strengthening over the Plains will keep the threat for violent thunderstorms high over the Central and Southern states into the weekend.