Multi-day severe weather outbreak targets the central US

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A multi-day severe weather event is setting up across the country's midsection, with the first round of storms developing on Sunday afternoon.

Following the first significant heat wave of the season across Plains, hot conditions and humidity will give way to rain and thunderstorms across portions of the region.

Strong storms are most likely to occur each afternoon and continue into the overnight hours.

"A slow-moving area of upper-level energy in the central Rockies will spit out pieces of energy from Sunday through midweek across the Plains before the system pushes north and east out of the Plains Thursday," AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Brian Knock said.

Isolated storms will develop later Sunday afternoon and evening from the central High Plains into the northern Plains.

Damaging winds, hail and torrential downpours are expected to be the main threats for cities like North Platte, Nebraska, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Fargo, North Dakota.

Storms have the potential to converge into a thunderstorm complex across northeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin on Sunday evening and into the overnight hours. Residents should be on alert for the possibility of heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding.

On the heels of Sunday's severe weather, thunderstorms will erupt once again across the central High Plains on Monday afternoon.

The Front Range of Colorado into the western half of Kansas, as well as eastern Wyoming, western Nebraska and southwestern South Dakota will be under threat of hail, damaging winds and very heavy rain.

For portions of this area, it will be the second round of severe weather in two days. Ground already saturated from the heavy rainfall the day before will be more susceptible to flash flooding.

"The threat shifts out onto the central Plains Tuesday," Knock said. "At this time, Tuesday looks to be the best threat for a few tornadoes across central Kansas and eastern Nebraska."

Residents of Wichita, Kansas, Omaha Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri should be ready for storms and have a way to receive warnings and weather updates.

While there is still a low chance for tornadoes on Tuesday, the much greater threat will be that of large hail, strong winds capable of causing damage and torrential downpours.

Those spending time outdoors over the next few days should remember to head indoors at the first rumble of thunder and wait at least thirty minutes after the last rumble to head back outside.

The rain and storms will alleviate the heat and humidity for residents of the northern Plains, but those living in the central and southern Plains, as well as the Southeast, can expect high temperatures in the upper 80s to lower 90s to persist through the week.