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Severe Storms to Blow Through Omaha, Rapid City Wednesday

The threat of severe weather will shift over the northern Plains for the second half of the week after focusing on the East and Midwest on Monday and Tuesday.

Severe thunderstorms will make an appearance on a daily basis through Friday, putting some cities at risk multiple days in a row.

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None of these rounds of severe weather are likely to be as intense as the thunderstorms that tracked from Minnesota to Kentucky on Sunday night through Monday night but can still bring danger to lives and property across the region.

Wednesday will feature the first of several rounds of severe weather, threatening a large swath of the region extending from parts of Kansas through the Dakotas during the afternoon and evening hours.

Damaging wind gusts past 60 mph, flooding downpours, and frequent lightning are expected to be the most widespread dangers from the midweek storms before they taper off throughout Wednesday night.

Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo and Grand Forks, North Dakota; Rapid City, Sioux Falls, and Aberdeen, South Dakota; and North Platte, Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, could all be affected by Wednesday's storms.

The strongest of Wednesday's storms are expected to focus around eastern Nebraska, where a few tornadoes may spin up.

People traveling in this area on Wednesday afternoon should pay particularly close attention to the weather as a tornado can quickly lead to major traffic backups, depending on its track and intensity.

Stay ahead of the severe weather by checking the AccuWeather Severe Weather Center for the latest watches and warnings.

Additional episodes of severe weather are expected across the northern Plains on Thursday and Friday afternoons; although these rounds will not be as widespread as Wednesday's storms.

Instead, they will fire over the Dakotas and across Minnesota, giving people across Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri a break from the unsettled weather.

AccuWeather MinuteCast® can help you determine when the rain from an approaching thunderstorm will begin by giving you a forecast for your exact location down to the minute.