Severe weather to spread from Montana to the Dakotas through Monday night
By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
July 08, 2019, 9:03:12 PM EDT
The risk for potentially damaging thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes will expand from Montana to the Dakotas, Colorado, Nebraska, and southern Canada.
"A seasonable summer pattern in place along the Front Range and High Plains will yield another round of strong-to-severe thunderstorms," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brandon Buckingham.
Over the weekend, violent thunderstorms erupted in portions of Montana and Wyoming.
AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer intercepted a large tornado 12 miles northwest of Laramie, Wyoming, on Saturday evening.
Communities from near Billings, Montana, and Denver to Rapid City, South Dakota, and Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks, North Dakota, will be at risk for violent storms into Monday night.
The severe weather may extend as far north as Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Damaging winds, large hail and downpours will remain the greatest risks the strongest thunderstorms pose. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
"The hail can dent or crack windshields of vehicles not put in garages or under car ports," according to Buckingham.
Motorists planning to travel on stretches of interstates 70, 76 and 90 will have to remain alert for winds that can overturn high-profile vehicles and poor visibility. Standing water can heighten the risk of vehicles hydroplaning when traveling at highway speeds.
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Downloading the free AccuWeather app and enabling severe weather alerts is a great way to know when violent thunderstorms are approaching your community.
Even without the threat of damaging winds and hail, any thunderstorm will produce deadly lightning. Be sure to seek shelter as soon as thunder is heard.
Picnic pavilions, golf carts, and trees offer no protection from lightning strikes.
Overnight, the thunderstorms may congeal together and bring an extended period of heavy rain to parts of the Dakotas and into western Minnesota. Flash flooding dangers can arise.
Between the severe thunderstorms and heavy rain, motorists may face poor driving conditions on sections of interstates 29, 76, 90 and 94.
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