Severe Thunderstorms to Hit the Plains; Dakotas and Minnesota to Western Texas to be Affected

Severe thunderstorms are likely to hover over the plains into the weekend with powerful gusts, tornadoes, and large hail, from Dakotas and Minnesota to Western Texas.

Setting a new record in mid-May heat, muggy air, particularly summery and robust jet streams, are amalgamating to fire up rounds of severe thunderstorms in the nation’s midsection. Serious rain may also aggravate the ongoing river flooding in Northwest Minnesota and North Dakota. 

On Wednesday evening, acute thunderstorms packing gusty winds of more than 60 mph hit the Minneapolis- St. Paul metro. As a result, about 50,000 homes and businesses were deprived of electricity in Minnesota on Thursday morning, with maximum outage suffered by the Twin Cities metro.

 Storms and showers are ongoing right now in the Northern plains. Critical weather conditions may become more widespread Thursday afternoon and evening in Northern Plains, from eastern Nebraska and Northwest Iowa into the western Dakotas and central and southwest Minnesota. Tornadoes, the acute wind blows, and hail is a severe concerns. 

Thunderstorms in the Southern Plains could be more isolated; however, they still produce severe wind gusts, hail, and blowing dust. Scattered severe thunderstorms are possible on Friday, from the western Great Lakes and Mid-Mississippi Valley to Oklahoma. Heavy blowing winds and big hails are the primary threats.

Severe weather packing gusty winds and hail is likely to continue into Saturday in some areas. Severe storms are the most probable from northern Oklahoma into central and eastern Kansas, western Missouri, and northwest Arkansas. 

The latest round of plains thunderstorms may also locally result in some heavy rain. 

Some areas from eastern Montana to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula could seize another 1 to 3 inches of rain by Friday night. This can result in local flash flooding and is expected to lead to the increased water level in the existing river and overland flooding in the Red River Valley of North Dakota, Minnesota, and Manitoba, Canada, over the next few days.