Strong storms will target the northern Plains Friday, kicking off what could be a dangerous and damaging weekend for severe weather over the Central states.
An area of low pressure will emerge from the Rockies into the northern Plains, providing the energy for storms to erupt. Warm and moist air will be in place to provide an unstable atmosphere.
Storms are expected to initiate across southeastern Montana and northeastern Wyoming early Friday evening and blast eastward later Friday night into western Nebraska and the western parts of the Dakotas.
Major cities that may be impacted by Friday's storms include Rapid City, Huron, and Sioux falls, South Dakota; South Dakota; Bismarck and Fargo, North Dakota; and Valentine and Grand Island, Nebraska.
Gusty winds and large hail will be the biggest threats with these storms as they rumble through. However, an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out in the early evening.
Torrential downpours can also be expected with these storms. Motorists should anticipate travel delays on major highways, including I-90, I-94, and I-29.
Those driving high-profile vehicles will want to use extra caution if caught in a gusty thunderstorm.
Elsewhere, strong storms are expected to ignite across eastern New Mexico and western Texas Friday evening. Gusty winds and large hail will likely be the biggest concerns across that area.
The Atlantis Seaboard will be under the threat for flash flooding into Friday night as drenching storms slowly move through the region. These storms are not expected to turn severe.
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