The Daily Weather Update from FOX Weather: Cold front sweeping US could create severe storms

Start your day with the latest weather news – A strong cold front that is moving across the country the rest of the week could bring with it heavy rain and severe weather.

Welcome to the Daily Weather Update from FOX Weather. It’s Thursday, May 18, 2023, and International Museum Day. Start your day the right way with everything you need to know about today's weather. You can also get a quick briefing of national, regional and local weather whenever you like with the FOX Weather Update podcast.

Strong storms possible as potent cold front sweeps country

A cold front traversing the country the rest of this week could bring with it the potential for heavy rain and severe thunderstorms. The strongest of Thursday’s storms will be concentrated in the Upper Midwest and in parts of Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. Tornadoes, damaging wind and hail are possible with severe storms in these areas.

Friday’s forecast features an increased risk of severe weather in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

The severe weather outlook for May 18, 2023.
(FOX Weather)


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