Although severe thunderstorms may survive to reach Minneapolis, severe weather is possible Friday through Saturday in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, AccuWeather.com meteorologists said.
A storm system in the Canadian Prairies will drag a cold front into a zone of hot and humid air, setting the stage for possible severe storms, AccuWeather.com Senior Expert Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
"The greatest threats are damaging wind gusts and large hail," Sosnowski said. "There is a remote chance of other storms producing a tornado."
The severe threat will be focused from Aberdeen, S.D., to northwestern Minnesota on Friday, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
Severe storms are possible Saturday afternoon and evening north of Interstate 94, especially across northwest North Dakota, Pydynowski said.
Another round of thunderstorms - some locally heavy - may occur on Sunday in northern Minnesota and North Dakota followed by an increase of heat and humidity early next week, Pydynowski said.
As a large storm rolls out of the Plains and Midwest, a swath of snow, ice and travel disruptions will extend into the Northeast starting on Sunday evening.
A new storm will form over the weekend across the Plains and will spread snow and ice eastward through the Midwest.
As a snowstorm unraveled from Texas to North Carolina and Virginia, snow and ice left a trail of disruption on Wednesday into Thursday.
Residents in Spokane, Washington, recently caught sight of the unique phenomenon known as "hole punch" clouds that cause a gaping hole in the otherwise cloudy sky.
Storms will continue to affect the West through this weekend and into next week with rounds of precipitation for some needy areas as well as trouble for travelers.
While much of central and eastern North America is still locked in a deep freeze, the warmth cascading across the Pacific Northwest in recent weeks has sparked the early flowering of sakura blossoms in the region.
Harrisburg, IL (1999)
A thunderstorm wind gust to 80 mph causing a roof to be blown off a house and a car to be blown off the road.
New England (1717)
First of a series of storms of The Great Snow which finally left about 36" on ground, held Boston snowbound for 3 weeks. Great barometric depression moved across Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois. Lowest pressure 28.71" at Springfield, IL.