Oklahomans are facing their first significant risk for tornadoes of the spring storm season. The National Weather Service says the potential for severe thunderstorms increases Tuesday afternoon. If storms develop they are likely to be severe.
While the storms will be fairly isolated, forecasters say conditions for severe weather will become more favorable through the day. What the weather service calls “significant severe storms” are possible mainly between 4-10 p.m.
In central Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro, the greatest risk for damaging storms is from 7-10 p.m.
The greatest threat from the thunderstorms is very large hail, up to the size of baseballs. The system could also pack winds gusting to 70 mph. Tornadoes are also possible with the storms.
The exact timing and location of storms remains uncertain, says the National Weather Service. Forecasters encourage residents to have three different ways to receive severe weather information.
Some storms could linger to the east of Interstate 35 Thursday, with large hail and damaging winds as the main hazards.
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