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Storm with snow to slam central United States

Staff Writer | April 9, 2018
A multi-faceted storm will slam the central United States late this week with possible blizzard conditions to the north and severe thunderstorms to the south.
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The same system will also be responsible for a surge of heat and wind over the Southwest and south-central U.S. that will elevate the risk of wildfires.

Warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico will be pulled northward across the nation’s midsection ahead of the storm.

Along the line dividing the warmth with an advancing push of cooler air, thunderstorms will erupt late Friday.

“The best potential for severe weather Friday will be eastern portions of the southern Plains through western portions of the middle and lower Mississippi Valley,” said AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Kayla St. Germain.

Depending on the exact track and timing of the storm, severe weather may be possible as far north as Iowa and southern Minnesota.

St. Germain expects damaging winds and large hail to be the primary threats from these storms. However, she cannot rule out a few tornadoes.

Downpours from the storms may overwhelm storm drains and lead to street flooding, while frequent lightning will endanger anyone caught outdoors.

During Saturday, the risk for severe weather may shift eastward and threaten outdoor plans from a portion of the Ohio Valley to the Gulf Coast.

A rebound in temperatures ahead of the storm should not have residents of the northern Plains and Upper Midwest putting away the snow boots and shovels just yet.

Following a swath of snow that will sweep across the upper Great Lakes Wednesday into Thursday, the next storm could bring a late-season blizzard to the northern Plains, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

Plummeting temperatures will lay the groundwork for a swath of snow to set up on the storm’s northwestern flank.