One more cross-country storm is forecast to sweep through the central United States before the end of the year. While the rain will be welcome for most across the region, the potential for locally severe storms including isolated tornadoes will threaten the area.
The storm system will travel northeastward from the Plains to the Upper Midwest this weekend. On the cold side of the storm, strong winds and heavy snow can lead to whiteout conditions across the northern Plains.
Ahead of the storm, southeasterly winds will bring moisture from the Gulf of Mexico north into the central and southern Plains. As the storm storms organizes over the region it will tap into this abundant moisture. Drenching rain and thunderstorms will erupt.
In the southern Plains, colder air rushing into the region behind the system will clash with warm, moist air that has been pulled north into the area, producing strong thunderstorms from southeastern Kansas and southern Missouri to the northwestern Gulf coast.
There is potential for some of these storms to become severe. While the main threat will be torrential downpours, the strongest storms can produce gusty winds and perhaps an isolated tornado.
Storms are expected to gradually dissipate through Saturday night as they track east.
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