By Wednesday, the severe weather risk area expands southward, from Central Texas to western IL, affecting a population of nearly 25 million people, including Dallas, Oklahoma City and Kansas City. The highest risk for tornadoes is in the enhanced risk region from Salina, Kansas, to Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. "Very large hail over 2.0" in diameter, damaging wind gusts greater than 70 miles per hour and tornadoes will be possible across the Central Plains. Weather Eye Meteorologist Megan Mulford says the storms could bring several hazards.
City leaders encourage everyone to have access to a weather radio.
There is now a slight risk for Thursday as well, and Wednesday's activity could play a major role in how Thursday's storms develop.
The first severe thunderstorm of the spring season was issued at 2:53 p.m. Tuesday by the National Weather Service in Dodge City.More news: ASA pledge support to Semenya in wake of IAAF rule
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There will be severe storms possible from Kansas through Oklahoma into NW Texas, But will any of these storms be able to move east into our area?
The watch is in place until 10 p.m. Tuesday. The building warmth will lead to an 80% chance of storms Tuesday afternoon.
Showers and multiple rounds of storms will enter the region as we get closer to Wednesday evening bringing periods of heavy rain until Friday morning. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
So far the NWS has documented only 1.07 inches of rains in Lubbock, which is near the average for most of West Texas. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Skies will be mostly cloudy on Wednesday but again another complex of storms looks to fire up Wednesday afternoon to our southwest and lift up through Central Iowa through the evening.