Strong to severe thunderstorms are likely this week over portions of the Plains states on multiple days, the day with the bulk of severe thunderstorms is likely to be on Wednesday, with the greatest risk of severe weather during the afternoon and evening.

This event is not likely to rank high on the list of the worst severe weather outbreaks in U.S. history for the region, but it has the potential to be the most significant of the year so far in areas that have had a minimal amount of severe weather.

Smack in the middle of the severe weather threat area for next week may be Kansas and Oklahoma. While there is the potential for tornadoes from the storms on Wednesday, more common characteristics from the thunderstorms are likely to be damaging wind gusts, large hail and frequent lightning strikes, as well as the potential for isolated flash flooding.