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Midweek Rain to Soak Denver, Minneapolis

A low pressure system tracking across the northern Plains will spread a swath of rain across the region during the second half of the week.

This is the same system that will produce severe weather across the southern Plains.

While the rain could spark isolated incidents of flash flooding as well as travel delays, it will be helpful to portions of the Plains that have seen an unusually dry start to 2015.

Showers are forecast to blossom across the northern Plains on Wednesday before a steadier rain develops and expands eastward heading into Thursday.

This could lead to a wet commute around Denver, Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

Rain will not be the only type of precipitation that this system brings to the Plains.

According to Meteorologist Jordan Root, cold air on the northern side of the system will allow some of the rain to change over to snow.

"Light accumulations are certainly possible Wednesday night into Thursday morning before the sun rises," Root continued.

The fast nature of the low pressure system should prevent any widespread flooding from occurring across the Plains, but some urban flooding cannot be ruled out.

Although there will be a risk of flooding, the rain will be good for many areas across the Plains that have been unusually dry since the start of the year.

Minneapolis; Rapid City and Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and North Platte, Nebraska, are just a few cities across the northern Plains that have been abnormally dry this year.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate drought conditions are being experienced in portions of Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Not only will this rain help to make up for the dry start to the year, but it will also help reduce the risk of wildfires down the road.