More Severe Storms to Menace Midwest Through Wednesday Night
By By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist.
June 25, 2015, 6:05:07 AM EDT
After a brief respite on Tuesday, the atmosphere will reload and likely produce another round of severe storms in parts of the Plains and Midwest through Wednesday night.
According to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, the front that caused violent storms from South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois and Michigan on Monday brought in refreshing weather for Tuesday.
"As this frontal boundary slips back to the north, the Midwest menace may strike again," Abrams said.
The storms into Wednesday night will bring the risk of damaging winds, large hail and frequent lightning strikes. The repeating nature of the showers and storms will elevate the risk of flash flooding. A small number of the storms could produce a brief tornado as well.
Storms will affect parts of the area from northern Missouri to Iowa into early Wednesday night before shifting farther east overnight.
The storms are re-firing after weakening during the midday hours.
The storms are forecast to slice eastward across Iowa, Illinois and into the Ohio Valley into Thursday morning. The primary threats Wednesday night will be damaging winds and flooding downpours. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out Wednesday evening.
Major cities at risk for the storms during part of Wednesday night into early Thursday morning include Chicago; Des Moines, Iowa; Peoria, Illinois; Indianapolis; and Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio.
During Thursday, the risk of severe storms will continue to expand eastward across the Ohio Valley, into portions of the central Appalachians and then the lower part of the mid-Atlantic coast. More storms may also ignite over parts of the central Plains.
The risk of drenching and locally severe storms will not end on Thursday. More storms are likely to fire from the central Plains through the Ohio Valley and in parts of the East on Friday. By the end of the week, it is possible some communities are not only hit by several storms, but perhaps multiple severe storms and enough rain to cause flooding.
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