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Rounds of severe weather continue through the weekend

By Weather.com meteorologists

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  • Multiple rounds of severe storms will continue to impact the Plains, Midwest and Mid-South over the holiday weekend.
  • Tornadoes, damaging straight-line winds, and large hail are causes for concern.
  • Flash flooding caused by heavy rain is also a threat.

Multiple rounds of severe and dangerous weather will continue to hit the Plains, Midwest and South Central over Memorial Day weekend, producing tornadoes, destructive straight-line winds, damaging winds and torrential rain.

What we’re tracking right now

We are seeing a pause in severe storms this morning after yesterday’s devastating tornadoes in Iowa. See the link below for more details on the impacts those deadly storms caused.

(BREAKING NEWS: Tornadoes and severe weather conditions turn deadly)

Below is the current radar along with active alerts and warnings.

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Forecast Breakdown

It’s already been an active week, and the threat of severe weather will continue into the holiday weekend as multiple jet stream disturbances take advantage of the warm, humid air. Here’s a day-by-day look at what we know right now, based on the latest insights from NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center.

  • A wide area of ​​strong to severe storms will develop on Wednesday from north and central Texas to Ohio, western New York and western Pennsylvania. Wind and hail damage are the main threats, but an isolated tornado risk cannot be ruled out.
  • More concentrated severe storms that could produce hail the size of golf balls or larger, damaging winds, and some tornadoes are expected from northern and central Texas to southeastern Oklahoma, central Arkansas, and northwest Louisiana. That includes Dallas-Fort Worth and Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Thursday and Friday

  • Severe weather on Thursday is most likely from North Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley to the Central Plains. The main threats are major hail and wind damage, but a couple of tornadoes cannot be ruled out. Very isolated severe storms could also affect parts of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
  • Friday’s severe weather should be fairly isolated, primarily affecting an area from eastern Oklahoma to the mid-Mississippi Valley and western Great Lakes.

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Memorial Day Weekend

  • ​Another increase in the severe weather threat is expected this holiday weekend. Keep this in mind if you have outdoor plans and make sure you have a plan to protect yourself from severe storms, especially if you are camping.
  • Threats this weekend will include tornadoes, damaging straight-line winds and hail. Flash flooding is also possible.
  • On Saturday, this threat could extend from northern Texas and parts of Oklahoma and Kansas to parts of Missouri, Arkansas and western Illinois.
  • Concerns about Sunday’s severe weather will shift a little further east toward the Ohio Valleys and central Mississippi.
  • More severe weather is likely on Memorial Day, possibly in parts of the South and Mid-Atlantic.
  • Please note that the areas and threat levels shown below for this weekend could change in future updates, so check back with Weather.com and The Weather Channel app for updates.
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Senior Meteorologists Jonathan Bellas, Chris Dolce,​ Jonathan Erdman contributed to this report.