This weekend will prove to be particularly dangerous across tornado alley.
A storm system that is currently pounding California with rain, mountain snow and strong winds, will head East over the next 24 hours. As it exits the Rockies later in the day Saturday, severe thunderstorms will be possible across the plains.
Large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes will be possible from North Central Texas to Southwestern Wisconsin.
The risk for severe storms is so great that the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center has issued a rare “high” risk outlook, across parts of Central Oklahoma and Kansas, as well as Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa.
This means that there is a high chance that storms will form that could produce large and long-tracked tornadoes. This will be a life-threatening situation and residents in these areas will need to stay especially alert tomorrow for any tornado warnings that are issued.
Some larger cities are in this “high” risk zone, such as Wichita, KS and Oklahoma City, OK.
Should a tornado warning be issued for your county, you should seek shelter immediately by going to a basement. If you have no basement, go to the most interior part of your home, on the lowest floor and stay away from windows.
Maria Molina has been a meteorologist for the Fox News Channel since October 2010. She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in meteorology and was granted the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation from the American Meteorological Society.