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    Snow, Wind and Rain Slow Travel in the Plains

    By By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
    October 15, 2013, 1:24:29 AM EDT

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    A storm system ejecting out of the Rockies will spread rain, thunderstorms, and even some snow from North Dakota through Texas to kick off the week.

    Showers and thunderstorms began across the northern Plains Sunday night ahead of the system and will fill in throughout the day Monday as the low pressure center strengthens and tracks across Nebraska.

    The area of steadiest rain will focus just north of the low pressure center, across South Dakota and into western Minnesota.


    Elsewhere in the Plains, showers and some heavier thunderstorms will develop ahead of a cold front extending from the low southward through Texas.

    Heavy downpours associated with these storms could lead to flooding, especially across central Oklahoma and into central Texas.

    While this is the area of greatest concern, downpours from thunderstorms elsewhere in the Plains could lead to some localized flash flooding; particularly in low-lying and poor drainage areas.

    Although these thunderstorms will bring flooding concerns to the area, rain from the storms will help aid the ongoing drought across portions of the country's mid-section.

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    Additionally, some thunderstorms from south-central Nebraska to north-central Oklahoma could be strong at times, producing severe weather.

    The greatest threat with these storms will be damaging wind gusts and hail; although an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

    Strong wind gusts will not be limited to only thunderstorms; however, as winds will pick up around the low pressure center. Winds will occasionally gust as strong as 50 mph in South Dakota, Nebraska and eastern parts of Wyoming Monday afternoon and into Monday night.


    While a majority of the Plains will see rain and thunderstorms from this system Monday and Monday night, the combination of cold air and moisture wrapping around the low will result in some snow in parts of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah.


    This snow will be mainly limited to the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains, but some snow may mix with rain at times in places such as Billings and Bozeman, Mont.

    Some snow will even sneak its way into the Black Hills of South Dakota with Rapid City, S.D. expected to have some snow on Monday night into Tuesday morning.

    This will not be the first time that Rapid City has had snow this fall.

    The city and its surrounding areas received a plethora of snow earlier this month when a low pressure system dropped more than 2 feet of snow in many areas.

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