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Early week severe storms to batter Plains

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A developing storm system will eject out of the Rocky Mountains early this week and bring severe storms to eastern Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas.

"A small disturbance riding over a bubble of hot air centered in the western United States will aid in igniting thunderstorms Monday afternoon into Tuesday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio said.

As the day progresses on Monday, budding thunderstorms will develop just east of the Rockies and quickly move eastward during the afternoon and through the evening hours as well.

"The most likely area for these storms to develop will be northeastern Colorado, southeastern Nebraska and northwestern Kansas," said Rossio.

The main impacts from these storms will be large hail, damaging winds and torrential downpours that could lead to flash flooding.

According to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, thunderstorms in Colorado produce more hail than any other state in America. The storms will hit one of the most hail-prone areas in North America on Monday.

Rossio said that thunderstorms will be capable of generating very large hail, up to the size of tennis balls, wind gusts of up to 60 mph and rainfall rates of a few inches an hour.

Those who are out on Monday and Tuesday should be cautious as storms may lead to rapidly deteriorating weather conditions.

This unsettled weather pattern will persist into the middle and end of the week with showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon.