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Strong Thunderstorms to Strike Northern Plains this Weekend

The storm system responsible for the heavy and gusty thunderstorms that impacted areas along I-90 yesterday afternoon and evening, will bring another round of severe weather to the northern Plains on Saturday.

An area of low pressure will continue to strengthen as it straddles the United States-Canada border during the first half of the weekend bringing unsettled weather with it.

The unsettled weather will be in the form of showers and thunderstorms; developing along a potent cold front that will be slicing south through the northern and central Plains.

As this cold front approaches the Dakotas, thunderstorms will intensify during the late afternoon to severe strength.

Afternoon highs are projected to soar into the 90s F, and with AccuWeather RealFeels closing in on 105 degrees Fahrenheit, due to copious amounts of humidity, thunderstorms will have plenty of fuel to strengthen throughout the day.

"With temperatures and humidity levels ahead of this front being well above normal, the atmosphere will be well primed for strong-to-severe storms this afternoon in northern Plains," explained AccuWeather meteorologist Evan Duffey.

Storms will develop into a line bringing large hail, damaging winds, heavy rainfall, and even an isolated tornado.

Bismarck, North Dakota, and the Canadian city of Winnipeg will be the first to be impacted by the severe weather.

"These storms will fire first in central North Dakota to northern South Dakota late this afternoon, then spread eastward during the evening hours," stated AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.

Thunderstorms won't reach Aberdeen, South Dakota, Fargo and Grand Forks, North Dakota, until the evening hours, remaining at severe strength through the first half of the night on Saturday.

However behind this potent cold front, calmer, drier, and cooler conditions will take the place of the humid and hot weather experienced earlier in the week.

"Much cooler air will build in behind this front on Sunday as daytime highs across the region will be 20 degrees cooler than Saturday," stated Rathbun.

As temperatures drop and humidity levels do the same, pleasant conditions are in the forecast for the northern Plains for the second half of the weekend and the beginning of next week as well.