By Brett Rathbun – AccuWeather

As a disturbance pushes eastward, the threat for strong thunderstorms will spread eastward across the Upper Midwest to begin the weekend.

Thunderstorms became strong across the Front Range and western Kansas on Friday with several tornadoes spotted.

According to AccuWeather meteorologist Ed Vallee, “A warm, muggy air mass will be in place from Colorado to southeastern North Dakota, and this environment will be conducive for severe thunderstorm development.”

Locations within the risk for strong storms include Omaha, Lincoln and North Platte, Nebraska; Sioux Falls and Aberdeen, South Dakota; Grand Forks and Fargo, North Dakota; and Des Moines and Davenport, Iowa.

Any developing thunderstorm will have the potential to produce large hail, damaging winds and heavy downpours. An isolated tornado is also possible, especially from northeastern Colorado into western Iowa.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Michael Doll, “Flooding is an increasing concern across the Plains.”


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