As the calendar turns to May, the end of spring is likely to dish out more severe weather.
Some heavy thunderstorms will first move into the Ohio Valley and the mid-Atlantic on Sunday.
“On Sunday, the focus for severe weather in the East. A wave of energy will move along a front, sparking showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda.
Any storms that start around the middle of the day or in the afternoon are likely to linger into at least the evening hours.
“A significant severe weather outbreak is not expected, but any of the storms can become strong enough to contain locally damaging wind gusts,” Sojda said.
For those itching to social distance outdoors from Nashville to Philadelphia and Baltimore, Saturday will be a better day than Sunday, and residents will need to keep an eye on the sky for the end of the weekend.
As this storm moves off the coast of the Atlantic on Monday, another area of thunderstorms will ignite in the center of the country.
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“A new storm will move along the same stalled front on Monday, this time farther west in the southern Plains and the middle Mississippi Valley,” said Sojda.
Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will be drawn up through the southern Plains to fuel the storm, creating ample chances for severe thunderstorms.
“Damaging winds will be the primary threat with these thunderstorms, but there is also the chance for large hail,” Sojda said.
Gusty winds could reach an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 70 mph.
Sojda added that given the time of year and location of the severe weather in the Plains, a tornado or two could not be ruled out.
Cities like Wichita, Kansas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Kansas City and Springfield Missouri; and Fayetteville, Arkansas could all be in the path of these violent storms.
While wet weather is expected to shift eastward on Tuesday and Wednesday, the storms are expected to lose their potency. Rain and storms will stretch from the Tennessee Valley to the East Coast.
This soggy pattern in the East will help to usher in another bout of cooler air following a mild weekend.
As the progressive and stormy pattern continues across the United States, the threat for more severe weather could return late next week.
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