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Strong Storms to Blast Across Plains

Strong storms will target the northern Plains Friday, kicking off what could be a rather active next couple of days.

An area of low pressure will emerge from the Rockies into the northern Plains, providing the energy for storms to erupt. Warm and moist air will be in place to provide an unstable atmosphere.

Storms are expected to initiate across southeastern Montana and northeastern Wyoming early Friday evening and blast eastward through Friday night.

Major cities that may be impacted by Friday's storms include Rapid City, South Dakota; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Bismarck, North Dakota; Omaha, Nebraska; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Gusty winds and large hail will be the biggest threats with these storms as they rumble through. However, an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out in the early evening across southeastern Montana, eastern Wyoming and western South Dakota.

Torrential downpours can also be expected with these storms. Motorists should anticipate travel delays on major highways, including I-90, I-94, and I-29.

Those driving high-profile vehicles will want to use extra caution if caught in a gusty thunderstorm.

Elsewhere, strong storms are expected to ignite across eastern New Mexico and western Texas Friday evening. Gusty winds and large hail will likely be the biggest concerns across that area.

The eastern United States will be under the threat for flash flooding Friday as drenching storms slowly move through the region.

The Southeast will see its share of downpours from storms as well. These storms are not expected to turn severe though.

The risk for severe weather is expected to increase Saturday with dangerous storms targeting Minnesota to western Texas as the area of low pressure from the Rockies strengthens.

These storms will have the ability to produce powerful winds and damaging hail.

Some folks with outdoor Father's Day plans on Sunday will have gorgeous weather for it, while others may have to dodge some storms.

Thunderstorms will target the Upper Midwest to central Plains as another round of severe weather is possible.