Storm Prediction Center: Atmosphere in Central Plains “loaded gun”

The Storm Prediction Center has expanded its moderate risk zone for severe weather today, saying the atmosphere is so unstable in western Kansas down into northern Texas that it resembles a “loaded gun.”

Large hail, damaging winds and strong tornadoes are possible with any storms that develop, according to the SPC.

“The greatest potential for strong tornadoes this afternoon is expected to develop from near Dodge City southward across the eastern Texas panhandle and western Oklahoma,” a statement issued by the SPC reads. “Swaths of wind damage will be possible with the more intense supercells and bow echoes.”

As the storms move eastward in to the Wichita area, the primary threats are likely to be large hail and damaging winds, according to the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service. Hail could be larger than 2 inches in diameter with some storms and winds could exceed 70 miles an hour.