Article Photos: Thunderstorms shuffle through south-central US 1/18

  This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, March 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM EDT shows dense cloud cover over much of the Plains as active weather ramps up across the region. Energy from a cold front extending through the Plains meets with ample moisture spreading across the region from the Gulf of Mexico to produce significant rain and thunderstorms from northern Texas through eastern South Dakota. Additional bands of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms form in parts of Arkansas and Missouri this afternoon. These storms are expected to intensify this afternoon. There is a moderate risk of severe weather activity for extreme western Arkansas, southeastern Oklahoma, and central/northeastern Texas. The strongest of these storms are expected to produce damaging winds, large hail, and a few tornadoes. A second area of severe storms are expected across central Texas later tonight, continuing the risk for damaging wind gusts and hail. In addition to severe storms, these areas will see very heavy rainfall and possible flooding due to repeated thunderstorm activity. There is also a slight risk of severe weather from south-central Texas to Missouri and eastern Dakotas/western Minnesota through tonight. These storms may produce damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes in rotating storms. Elsewhere, light showers and thunderstorms form in southern Wisconsin and parts of North Carolina, while above normal temperatures continue to dominate the eastern half of the nation. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)