After dozens of tornadoes, what's next for the Plains?
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 4:23 - An outbreak of severe thunderstorms with tornadoes, large hail and strong winds caused damage across parts of the southern and central Plains Thursday, with another round on Friday.
There were 29 tornadoes reported Thursday across Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas and Missouri, and Friday saw a further 28 twisters, spread once more across the central plains.
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By contrast, Saturday was relatively quiet, and Sunday and Monday are looking similarly free of the kind of ingredients needed to produce the tornado outbreaks of the past week.
This is not to say that there is no storm risk at all. On Sunday, the highest risk of convective storms is in Texas near the Mexico border, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
"A few strong/severe storms will remain possible across far southern Texas through this evening," the Center said Sunday. "Elsewhere, strong storms are possible across parts of the lower Mississippi Valley, southern High Plains, South Carolina/extreme northeast Georgia, and the upper Ohio Valley."
For Monday, the risk of the worst storms shifts somewhat north, to northern Texas and Oklahoma, though people should check back for updates to the forecast.
"Much of the contiguous U.S. will remain under the influence of a broad mid-level trough, with regional weather impacted by smaller-scale perturbations rotating around the periphery of this trough," the Center says. "One such impulse will be embedded within the sub-tropical jet and will progress from southern/eastern Texas to the Southeast through the period. Farther north, another shortwave trough will advance from the Four Corners region to the southern Plains, while several small-scale waves drop south across the northern Plains and upper Mississippi Valley."