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Severe Storm, Flooding Threat to Target Chicago to OKC

Severe storms and flash flooding will target the Midwest to the Plains on Monday, affecting travel and putting many at risk.

These storms will have the ability to bring damaging winds that could topple trees and power lines as well as large and damaging hail.

A burst of rainfall in a short amount of time can occur as well, heightening the risk for flash flooding for many.

Cities at risk for these storms include Chicago, Illinois; Saint Louis, Missouri; Springfield, Missouri; Little Rock, Arkansas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Amarillo, Texas; and Dallas Texas.

The strongest storms are likely to occur across eastern Colorado, the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, where the best storm dynamics will be.

Across the Colorado Front Range, storm initiation will likely begin late on Monday afternoon and evening. Large hail and gusty winds will accompany these storms as well as the threat for an isolated tornado early on.

Afternoon storms will ignite along a cold front across Illinois to Oklahoma and will dive south and east through Monday night.

Folks taking to the road on Monday afternoon through Monday night will want to use extra caution. Motorists may encounter blinding downpours as well as flooded roadways. Travel delays should be anticipated.

Gusty winds ahead of these storms could kick up dust and create poor visibility. This was the case on Sunday near Wallace, Kansas, where visibility fell to near zero.

These storms will bring beneficial rain to areas in the Plains that are thirsty for water.

Extreme-to-exceptional drought continues across portions of Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.

The severe storm threat will diminish on Tuesday and Wednesday. However, flooding rain will target the Ohio Valley into the Northeast towards midweek.