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Hazardous Weather Outlook for Friday, May 8, 2015

by WeatherOps, on May 7, 2015 3:43:05 PM

Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Friday across the Central and Southern Plains. Severe thunderstorms are possible for portions of Texas and Oklahoma.

Southern Plains:A broad trough over the western CONUS will expand into the Four Corners region with continued southwest flow overspreading the Central and Southern Plains. Moisture and instability, as well as strong vertical wind shear will be in abundance from Kansas into Texas, with strong to severe thunderstorms possible across much of the Southern Plains region.

Kansas/Oklahoma/Texas: A surface low is forecast to develop across far SE Colorado and SW Kansas with a cold front-turned-warm front stretching eastward across Kansas. South of the low, a well defined dryline will trail into the western half of Texas. Moderate to extreme instability will be in place across Northwest Texas and western Oklahoma with an increasing risk for severe thunderstorms, some significant. Greatest threat for severe impacts, including very large hail, winds gusting in excess of 65 mph, and strong tornadoes, will exist from northeast of Lubbock into Southwest Oklahoma.

Coastal Carolinas:A subtropical low is expected to develop by Thursday, possibly acquiring tropical characteristics. Showers and thunderstorms, with winds in excess of 35 mph will be possible along the Carolina coastal areas.