Dark storm clouds are gathering in the Plains, and the Kansas City area is in their path.
Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop after midnight Monday, according to the National Weather Service, with the threat of large hail. Then widespread severe weather is forecast for Tuesday evening, with the threat of very large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding and isolated tornadoes. That storm front is expected to linger through the overnight hours into Wednesday.
The severe weather outbreak could bring powerful tornadoes and enormous hail to some central and southern Plains states, including Kansas, where the threat is most pronounced in the central part of the state.
Forecasters say those areas could see powerful winds, tornadoes and hail as large as baseballs or softballs on Tuesday afternoon and evening, according to The Associated Press.
Beginning about 3 a.m. Tuesday, scattered storms could bring hail and gusty winds to the Kansas City area, according to the weather service. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the storms will likely shift south. After 3 p.m., more severe storms will develop over central Kansas.
That night, between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., those storms could move toward Kansas City, bringing damaging winds, hail, and possibly tornadoes.
In all, 24 million people are at a slight risk or higher of experiencing severe weather Tuesday in an area from San Antonio to Omaha, Neb.
The high temperature on Tuesday is expected to be 82 degrees, but cooler weather is likely later in the week. Lows will be in the 50s and 60s.