Oklahoma has 'likely' first tornado of 2018, ends record

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They are expected to move east across Kansas and into Missouri in the evening. KSN's sister station KSHB in Kansas City reports everyone inside got out without being injured.

Frequent shots of cold air from repeated Arctic blasts have confined the warm and humid air needed for severe weather to the Southeast this spring, but longer days and an increasing sun angle are finally starting to win the battle against the cold.

Storms will persist into Thursday, with severe chances dependent on tonight's storms, but there could be a continuing severe thunderstorm chance from Thursday, mostly from hail, wind and floods, according to the weather service. The main threats are strong wind, large hail, and localized flooding due to heavy rain, but isolated tornadoes along the cold front can not be ruled out.

Thunderstorms may impact the area after midnight tonight and toward sunrise.

Preliminary numbers by the Storm Prediction Center show the system produced possibly 18 tornadoes.

SE Siouxland is under a slight to enhanced risk for severe weather with a marginal risk encompassing just about everyone else in the viewing area. A few tornadoes could also develop.

Oklahoma has 'likely' first tornado of 2018, ends record
Oklahoma has 'likely' first tornado of 2018, ends record

Not only will this help our weather team focus on storms that could become risky over the next hour, but it provides an assessment of the likelihood of one type of hazard over another.

It has been a record quiet start in 2018 across "Tornado Alley", the central portion of the country that traditionally receives the bulk of the nation's twisters.

Saturday should be a nice day with sun and 72, but there's a chance for showers and storms Saturday night into Sunday morning. We will not know this variable until Thursday midday.

Storms will move into eastern and southern Oklahoma tomorrow afternoon with large hail and damaging winds possible. Ridging should begin to influence the region Friday night through Saturday with pleasant conditions continuing through the weekend.

The storms caused a semi to jackknife on I-70 in northwest Ellsworth blocked traffic for a time. This seems to be the more realistic approach at this point.

Thanks for reading the Wednesday morning weather discussion and blog.

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