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Stretch of pleasant weather to precede midweek storms in central US

Following several days of mainly sunny and warm weather in the center of the country, the threat of thunderstorms will return at midweek.

This spring, periods of heavy rain and storms resulted in widespread flooding in the Mississippi Valley.

Conversely, the weather has been dry enough in the Upper Midwest this season that many areas are experiencing drought conditions.

Regardless of whether the dry weather is welcome or not, high pressure will maintain increasingly warm and largely rain-free conditions in the region through Tuesday.

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“While there can be some lingering showers and thunderstorms over parts of North Dakota and across much of Minnesota on Monday, a drying trend is expected on Tuesday, while showers and storms dot from Kansas to Illinois,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Brown.

An approaching cold front will introduce change on Wednesday, potentially sparking showers and storms over the Upper Midwest and parts of the central Plains.

“Warm and unsettled air gradually spreading into the Plains and will be a favorable environment for thunderstorms,” said Brown.

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From Iowa to the Panhandle of Texas, these storms could be severe on Wednesday afternoon.

“Storms will track east Wednesday night and strengthen. There could be some severe thunderstorms from Wisconsin to Iowa,” said Brown.

The threat of wet weather will shift eastward with the cold front as it loses some of its steam.

“By Thursday morning, these storms can continue their eastward trek into Michigan,” said Brown.

While some areas could perhaps pick up an inch of rain from any heavier storms, drought-busting precipitation is not expected.

As the front inches eastward on Thursday cooler, drier air will spill into the northern Plains.

“After a cool start to the week and a warm middle of the week, it is likely that a cooler air mass return late in the week,” said Brown.