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Strong storms to take aim at Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis into midweek

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The potential for locally dangerous and disruptive thunderstorms will exist over the Midwest during Tuesday and Wednesday.

A storm spinning southeastward from Canada will allow a sweep of cool, dry air to collide with warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico through midweek.

Following locally damaging thunderstorms over parts of the central and northern Plains into Monday night, severe weather will shift farther east over the North Central United States.

Severe thunderstorms will erupt over a more densely populated and heavily traveled part of the nation during Tuesday and Wednesday.

"The greatest threat from the storms during Tuesday and Wednesday will be for damaging wind gusts and sudden, blinding downpours," according to AccuWeather Lead Storm Warning Meteorologist Eddie Walker.

Small hail is also possible.

"While the threat for tornadoes is minimal, a couple of the strongest storms could produce a short-lived tornado either day," Walker said.

On Tuesday, the risk of locally severe storms will extend from Wisconsin to northern Missouri and includes part of southeastern Minnesota, southeastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois.

Locally severe storms may affect the metro areas of Minneapolis; Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; and Kansas City, Missouri, on Tuesday.

During Wednesday, the potential for strong to locally severe storms will extend from much of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan to southeastern Missouri.

On Wednesday, the storms could affect the metro areas of Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Louis. Storms could survive the trip to Detroit and Indianapolis during Wednesday night.

People should be prepared for travel delays, especially where storms approach major airports during their peak intensity, during the late afternoon and evening hours.