As the low spins into the state, it will lead to a shift in our winds and along that wind shift storms look to form pushing into our warmer moist atmosphere.
National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Hultquist said the storms covered so much ground and were so powerful because of a combination of factors, including the dry Texas air that fed them and strong winds in the Great Lakes area.
Video captured on May 18, 2017 near Waynoka, Oklahoma.
These storms may then spread east across the I-35 corridor and point east through the late evening hours.
In Kansas, the state's Division of Emergency Management announced via Twitter that it activated the Emergency Operations Center in Topeka ahead of the severe storms. Further south, in Oklahoma City and Stillwater, the risk is moderate.
Update, 10:35 p.m.: Parts of Muskogee and Wagoner counties are under a tornado warning until 11 p.m. The potential is highest in central northern Oklahoma, including Woodward.
A tornado also ripped through a mobile home park near the northwestern Wisconsin city of Chetek, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis. More storms are possible later in the day in the lower Great Lakes region.
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The pinwheeling storm bringing the snow is also helping to draw a rich plume of moisture northward from the Gulf of Mexico, providing the fuel needed for severe thunderstorms to develop all the way from Texas to Vermont.
A tornado touched down Thursday near Duke, Oklahoma. A severe weather threat will largely depend on that.
Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; Topeka, Salina and Wichita, Kansas; Oklahoma City; and Abilene, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, lie within the threat area Tuesday night. Similar storm systems in the historical record have produced damaging tornadoes in our area, which is why we can't rule this potential out today.
In the Tulsa area, severe storms are expected Thursday night and early Friday morning.
More storms are possible Friday afternoon into the evening hours.
The highest threat will be hail, some of which could be large, and damaging winds, according to the weather service.
Areas from central Texas to central Iowa will be at risk for flash, urban and stream flooding through Friday night.