Heavy Rain and Severe Storms Expected in Central U.S. on April 24, 2024

Central US braces for heavy rain, severe thunderstorms, and potential tornadoes on April 24, 2024. Residents advised to stay informed and be prepared for weather emergencies.

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Heavy Rain and Severe Storms Expected in Central U.S. on April 24, 2024

Heavy Rain and Severe Storms Expected in Central U.S. on April 24, 2024

The central United States is bracing for a return of heavy rain and severe thunderstorms on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. A strong upper-level storm system is forecast to move into the Central Plains, bringing the threat of damaging winds, large hail, and a few tornadoes.

The stormy weather is expected to develop late Wednesday night into early Thursday, with the severe weather threat initially focused in southern Nebraska and northern Kansas. By Friday morning, the severe threat is expected to shift eastward.

Rainfall totals of 2 to 5 inches are possible in some areas, with the heaviest rain expected in northeastern and eastern Oklahoma. The National Weather Service has advised residents to pay close attention to the weather as the forecast may change depending on how the weather system develops.

Why this matters: The heavy rain and severe storms could pose significant risks to people and property in the affected areas. Residents should stay informed about the latest weather updates and be prepared to take action if severe weather threatens their location.

Temperatures are expected to reach the 70s on Friday and Saturday before cooling down to the 60s on Sunday and into the early part of next week. After a brief dry period on Friday and Saturday, a second wave of storms is expected to approach the area on Saturday night.

"Large hail and severe gusts will be the primary hazards," the National Weather Service stated, warning of the potential for "very large hail, severe wind gusts, and strong tornadoes" from late Thursday into Thursday night across the central and southern Great Plains.

Residents in the central U.S. are advised to have multiple ways to receive weather alerts, including a NOAA weather radio and reliable weather apps, as the situation continues to evolve. Those in areas under severe weather threats should review their emergency plans and be prepared to seek shelter if necessary.

Key Takeaways

  • Heavy rain, severe thunderstorms to hit central US on Apr 24, 2024.
  • Threat of damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes in southern NE and northern KS.
  • Rainfall up to 5 inches, heaviest in NE and E Oklahoma.
  • Potential for very large hail, severe winds, and strong tornadoes late Thu into Thu night.
  • Residents advised to monitor weather alerts and have emergency plans ready.