Severe Weather and Flash Flooding Threaten Plains, Midwest Through This Weekend

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Published: September 22, 2019

The Plains and Midwest will be hit by severe thunderstorms and flash flooding this weekend as a potent storm system tracks from the Plains eastward through the nation's northern tier.

A cold front will slice through the central states the next few days while tapping into a plume of tropical moisture. That will lead to the development of widespread rain and thunderstorms in those regions through Sunday.

NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch valid until 12 a.m. CDT for portions of Kansas and southeastern Nebraska.


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Severe Weather and Flooding Rain Forecast

Severe thunderstorms and flash flooding will be possible from eastern Kansas to the western Great Lakes overnight as a cold front sloshes through the Plains and Upper Midwest.

Those storms could pack damaging winds, large hail and a couple tornadoes.

Flash flooding is a concern, particularly into Sunday from eastern Kansas northeastward into southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, with the greatest risk for excessive rainfall from eastern and central Kansas into western and northern Missouri.

The National Weather Service has issued flood watches from western Texas to northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, including Kansas City, Davenport, Iowa, Oklahoma City and Chicago. Storms in this area will have the potential to move over the same areas for multiple hours with rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour.

If you are traveling and encounter a flooded road or underpass, do not attempt to drive through the floodwaters.


Flood Alerts

Severe weather could linger ahead of the cold front into Sunday. A few damaging wind gusts are possible from Oklahoma to northwestern Ohio and southern Michigan.


Sunday's Severe Thunderstorm Forecast

Rain will extend into the Northeast on Monday, but severe thunderstorms are not anticipated.

Storm Reports So Far

Heavy rainfall led to closed roads due to street flooding in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Friday night into early Saturday. The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks measured 4.73 inches of rainfall in 6 hours. Interstate 29 was closed near Grand Forks due to flooding. The city's Wastewater Plant was running at full capacity due to the heavy rainfall and asked residents to limit their water usage until it is caught up.

An estimated 7.8 inches of rain fell near Goodrich, North Dakota, and 7 inches was measured near Chaseley, North Dakota, through early Saturday.

Hail larger than tennis balls smashed windshields Friday afternoon near Burlington, North Dakota. Golf ball sized hail damaged siding and a roof near Morrill, Nebraska Friday afternoon.


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