As a major storm swings out of the Southwest, there is the potential of violent thunderstorms sweeping from western Texas to the lower Mississippi Valley during the middle of the week.
The setup has the potential to bring a significant severe weather outbreak, by way of a developing squall line.
The most common characteristics of the severe thunderstorms will be damaging wind gusts, hail and blinding downpours. However, a few of the storms will bring the potential for a tornado.
Tornadoes could occur during the early stages of the developing squall line or in isolated storms ahead of the squall line.
The first isolated storms during the outbreak are likely to fire late Wednesday afternoon from parts of western Texas to the Oklahoma Panhandle in the vicinity of I-27/Route 287.
The storms will then progress and increase in number farther east, along the I-20 corridor across central Texas to near the Red River area Wednesday night. The storms could impact areas from San Antonio to Dallas/Ft. Worth.
During Thursday and Thursday evening, the storms will cross the lower Mississippi Valley region from southern Arkansas and Louisiana to Mississippi.
The severe weather outbreak will follow strong to locally severe thunderstorms Monday evening over the lower Mississippi Valley.
The pattern of strong storm systems sweeping across much of the nation will continue through the end of the month and will continue to bring rounds of severe weather and heavy rain in the South and areas of snow, ice and rain in the northern states.