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Storms to Batter the Plains Through Friday

By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
June 26, 2014; 11:23 PM ET

Rounds of severe weather are in store for the Plains through the rest of the week, impacting areas from Montana to Texas and eastward to Iowa.

Following a dry start to the day, severe thunderstorms began to ignite over the High Plains Thursday afternoon, threatening much of the same area that was impacted by severe weather on Wednesday.

Thunderstorms are forecast to initially fire east of I-25 and produce large hail and damaging winds as they track eastward across the Plains into Thursday night.

A secondary area of strong to locally severe storms will extend from eastern Nebraska and Iowa to southwestern Minnesota into Thursday night. Storms in this area will bring an elevated risk of flash flooding and hail.

Storms of this nature can develop quickly and move in with little warning, catching people off guard.

Keep in mind that lightning can reach out and strike objects several miles away. Seek shelter as storms approach.

Friday will feature another round of severe weather, this time focusing on the northern Plains and even portions of southern Manitoba.

Severe storms that develop Friday afternoon are expected to become more violent than those on Thursday, bringing the additional risk of tornadoes.

The new round of rain and storms will occur over areas recently hit by flash flooding and ongoing river flooding.

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Looking ahead to the weekend, severe weather is expected to diminish across the Plains, but will not be absent.

Some stronger thunderstorms are in the forecast around Minnesota both Saturday and Sunday, impacting cities such as Minneapolis; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Fargo, North Dakota.

Another round of severe weather may follow early next week over the northern Plains into the Midwest as a push of unusually chilly air sweeps into a zone of building warmth and humidity.

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