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    Severe Storms to Close Out Weekend on Plains

    By By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
    July 10, 2013, 6:38:42 AM EDT

    As the extended Independence Day weekend comes to an end, a round of severe weather will threaten the northern High Plains Sunday evening with more severe weather to follow for Monday.

    Those planning on spending their Sunday evening in the outdoors might find their plans cut short as thunderstorms develop from Montana to Nebraska.

    Thunderstorms will impact travelers across the northern Plains, with storms delaying flights and causing treacherous conditions on the roadways.

    Blinding downpours can quickly reduce visibility to a few hundred feet, slowing traffic and bringing a heightened risk of hydroplaning.


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    As these storms develop and strengthen, they will be capable of producing frequent lightning, hail as large as golf balls and wind gusts strong enough to knock over trees and power lines.

    Some of these severe storms will continue into the evening, primarily in western parts of the Dakotas.

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    If you are planning on spending the evening outdoors, keep a watchful eye to the sky and know where to seek shelter if one of these storms develops near you.

    The majority of the severe thunderstorms will wane later Sunday night, but the stage will be set for yet another round of violent thunderstorms to target the northern Plains Monday afternoon and evening.


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    Cities that lie in Monday's threat zone include Miles City, Mont., Bismarck, N.D., and Rapid City and Pierre, S.D.

    The danger zone will shift to the south and east on Tuesday, putting Omaha, Neb., and Minneapolis, Minn., at risk.

    Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Lada. Thumbnail image on the homepage is courtesy of Photos.com.

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