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Strong storms, powerful winds to rock central US early next week


The clash between spring and winter threatens to once again fuel severe weather across a part of the central United States to start the new week.

While a repeat of the severe weather and tornado outbreak from Tuesday and Wednesday is not anticipated, the stage is still set for locally severe thunderstorms to erupt from northeastern Texas to Minnesota and Wisconsin later on Monday.

Stronger thunderstorms will first ignite on Monday afternoon from southern Minnesota to far northeastern Kansas. This includes Minneapolis and Omaha, Nebraska.

The heavy thunderstorms will push to the south and east at night, rattling Madison, Wisconsin; Chicago; St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Tyler, Texas.

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“The strongest thunderstorms will be capable of producing strong wind gusts, small hail and local flash flooding,” AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Storm Warning Meteorologist Alex Avalos said.

“A low, but not non-zero potential exists for an isolated tornado across the central Plains and mid-Mississippi Valley on Monday afternoon and evening.”

The stronger thunderstorms will sweep through some of the same areas still cleaning up from the severe weather outbreak that brought February to a close.

Any gusty winds could whip around lingering debris, threatening to cause additional damage and bodily harm to anyone who has not sought proper shelter.

Some drenching and gusty thunderstorms may persist into Tuesday across the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, but the potency of the cold front will wane as it reaches the East Coast on Tuesday night.

“While thunderstorms cannot be completely ruled out at this point in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, the front will pass through the region with what will likely be gusty rain showers,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Max Vido said.

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It is not out of the question for any of the gusty showers to cause very isolated sporadic power outages and downed tree limbs. Airline passengers may face minor flight delays.

While a shower can occur earlier in the day, the majority of the gusty showers are likely to wait until Tuesday evening and night to reach the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia to New York City and Boston.

As was the case with the recent severe weather outbreak, winds will howl in the front’s wake.

The mid-Atlantic and Northeast should escape a repeat of the recent gusts that howled to or past 50 mph as the strongest winds are expected to target the Plains and Great Lakes.

There can be widespread gusts of 45-55 mph across the northern and central Plains and Great Lakes Tuesday into Wednesday.

“That will result in some travel delays at major airports across those regions,” Avalos said.

Motorists could also face dangerous crosswinds, while power outages and downed trees may plague many communities.