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More Severe Storms to Menace Midwest Wednesday

After a brief respite on Tuesday, the atmosphere will reload and likely produce another round of severe storms in parts of the Plains and Midwest.

According to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, the front that caused violent storms from South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois and Michigan on Monday brought in refreshing weather for Tuesday.

"When this frontal boundary slips back to the north on Wednesday and Wednesday night, the Midwest menace may strike again," Abrams said.

The storms during Wednesday and Wednesday night will bring the risk of damaging winds, large hail, frequent lightning strikes and flash flooding. A small number of the storms could produce a brief tornado as well.

Storms will affect parts of the area from northern and eastern Missouri to eastern Nebraska and perhaps part of eastern South Dakota during the first part of Wednesday. Parts of the St. Louis; Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; and Kansas City, Missouri; metro areas could be affected.

While these storms are likely to weaken during the midday hours as they lift northeastward, they are likely to re-fire and strengthen later Wednesday and Wednesday evening.

The storms are forecast to stretch from eastern Nebraska to northern and central Illinois Wednesday evening, before continuing to slice eastward across part of the Ohio Valley states later Wednesday night.

Major cities at risk for the storms during part of Wednesday night include Chicago; Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Peoria, Illinois; Indianapolis; and Dayton, Ohio.

During Thursday, the risk of severe storms will continue to expand eastward across the Ohio Valley and into portions of the central Appalachians and the lower part of the mid-Atlantic coast. More storms will ignite over parts of the central Plains.

The risk of drenching and locally severe storms will not end on Thursday. More storms are likely to fire from the central Plains through the Ohio Valley and in parts of the East on Friday. By the end of the week, it is possible some communities are not only hit by several storms, but perhaps multiple severe storms and enough rain to cause flooding.