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The same storm that produced heavy snow in parts of the Rockies to start the week will send a brief burst of cool air across the central United States.
Rain and locally severe thunderstorms marked the leading edge of the cool air in parts of the central and southern Plains to part of the Midwest on Monday.
During Tuesday night, the area of rain will extend from eastern Kansas and Nebraska to much of Iowa, northern Missouri, much of Illinois and parts of Indiana, Ohio, southern Wisconsin and part of the lower Peninsula of Michigan.
While widespread flooding is not anticipated, there is the potential for localized urban flooding, especially where leaves have fallen and blocked storm drains.
For parts of the central Plains, the combination of rain, cool air and a breeze will produce AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures in the 30s and 40s F.
Thunderstorms are forecast to re-fire into Tuesday evening from eastern Missouri, central Illinois and central Indiana to western Kentucky, western Tennessee and northeastern Arkansas.
A few locations can be hit with high winds and hail. A couple of isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.
Rain will reach Chicago during Tuesday evening and Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh later Tuesday night. The next stop for the rain will be the Northeast states.
However, the chilly air spreading from the Rockies to the Plains will lose its bite farther east.
Only a day or two of seasonable conditions are likely in the Midwest with highs mainly in the 60s in Chicago and Detroit, for example.
The spell of cool air will be short-lived.
Even on the Plains, temperatures will rebound in Omaha, Nebraska, and Kansas City, Missouri, to the 60s on Wednesday and the 70s on Thursday.
By Friday, temperatures may challenge record highs in the 80s to lower 90s in parts of the central and southern Plains.
Temperatures will rebound to a few degrees of 80 in the Ohio Valley and lower Great Lakes region this weekend.
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