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More storms to erupt over Plains yet again on Friday

AccuWeather logo AccuWeather 7/10/2020 Ryan Adamson

After portions of the High Plains were battered by large hail and isolated instances of damaging winds on Thursday, meteorologists are closely monitoring a more widespread threat that is likely to occur in a similar area on Friday.

While conditions in the Plains will generally be quiet to begin the day on Friday, thunderstorms will begin to erupt Friday afternoon as the atmosphere becomes more conducive to promoting storm development.

"Conditions will become more humid throughout the day as more moisture flows into the center of the country. Increased moisture, coupled with seasonably warm temperatures, will provide plenty of fuel for feisty thunderstorms," explained AccuWeather Meteorologist Mary Gilbert.

The storms are most likely to develop over northeastern Montana early Friday afternoon before gradually strengthening and expanding in coverage as the more humid air expands eastward. These storms are likely to move eastward into North Dakota and gradually weaken Friday evening.

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Late in the afternoon, a second area of thunderstorms is expected to blossom over South Dakota and Nebraska. This area of storms will likely congeal into an organized line of line of thunderstorms and move southeastward overnight. Locations such as Pierre, South Dakota, and North Platte, Nebraska, will be at risk.

"Storms will likely become increasingly better organized as they push southeastward through Friday evening. Therefore, there is the potential for damaging wind gusts to impact a wide swath of the nation's midsection," Gilbert said.

There is some question as to just how far south the storms will get. However, there is a possibility that the storms will make it all the way into east-central Kansas by daybreak Saturday.


Regardless of how far storms make it, the threats will be the same throughout the lifespan of the storms.

"Damaging wind gusts and hail will be the main threats with storms that develop on Friday. An AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 80 mph is possible within the strongest storms," Gilbert noted.

However, the possibility of an isolated tornado cannot be completely discounted.

If the storms survive through daybreak Saturday, they are likely to continue to track southeastward as far as Arkansas by Saturday afternoon. Even if the storms from Friday night fail to survive into Saturday morning, the leftover energy from Friday night's storms will foster the formation of new storms on Saturday. Therefore, it is even possible for some locations to receive more than one round of strong to severe storms on Saturday.

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Cities such as Wichita, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; and Fayetteville and Little Rock, Arkansas, will run the risk of severe weather on Saturday.

The threat for severe storms looks lower to end the weekend on Sunday.

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