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    Plains Severe Storm Threat Ramps Up This Weekend

    By By Bill Deger, Meteorologist
    May 20, 2012, 5:50:46 AM EDT

    After a fairly quiet couple of weeks as far as severe storms are concerned, the weather is expected to turn active over parts of the Plains this weekend.

    Powerful thunderstorms will erupt across the central and northern Plains beginning Saturday as a storm system slowly emerges from the Rockies.

    While the setup will favor more scattered activity as opposed to a widespread outbreak, any storm that forms could still turn damaging with strong wind gusts, hail and even a tornado or two.

    The same storm system that will be responsible for this weekend's severe weather will trigger numerous storms through the end of the workweek over the Rockies and parts of the northern Plains.

    A lion's share of the storms over the next couple of days will be of the garden variety, featuring downpours, a brief wind gust and lightning. However, a select few could turn severe, like the storm that damaged fencing near Cortez, Colo., late Wednesday afternoon.

    As several ingredients come together and the system advances into warmer, more moisture-rich air, the threat for severe storms will become enhanced later Saturday from parts of Kansas north to the eastern Dakotas and Minnesota.

    By Sunday, areas farther east closer to the Mississippi River stretching southwest to Oklahoma could be threatened by gusty storms.

    While it is a bit too early to exactly pinpoint the area at greatest risk for severe weather, residents and visitors alike should keep checking back at AccuWeather.com over the next few days for updates.

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