Will tornado alley come alive this weekend?

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This spring has been a relatively quiet tornado season, but if forecasters are correct, that could all change this weekend.

Forecasters are already predicting a wild weekend for the Central Plains beginning Saturday evening.

"Our run of relatively quiet weather may be about to come to an end," Bill Bunting, operations chief for the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., told the Associated Press.

Bunting said the coming system will begin Saturday in the Plains — Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and a sliver of South Dakota — and move eastward into Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana on Sunday. The system is expected to stretch into parts of Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama later Sunday.

"The threat is there and folks need to monitor the latest information from the National Weather Service," Bunting said.

Conditions are ripe for large hail, damaging straight-line winds topping 70 mph, flash flooding and even possible tornadoes; however, while the weather has the potential to be extreme, Bunting notes that residents in the forecast area are well accustomed to violent springtime weather.  Read more here.

Even so, the wild weather may bring some much-needed precipitation to the region, currently deep in drought.


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