Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for threats of large hail, damaging winds in Great Lakes region
The storms will be widely scattered, but damaging winds will be the main hazard with this activity
A cold front moving through the central part of the country could help to trigger showers and thunderstorms on Thursday from eastern Colorado into the Great Lakes.
A widespread severe weather outbreak is not anticipated, but meteorologists warn some storms will be capable of producing damaging winds and hail.
Cities in the threat zone include Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis/St. Paul; and Green Bay, Wisconsin.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for parts of northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan through 10 p.m. CDT.
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Meteorologists warn some storms could produce large hail upwards of two inches in diameter and scattered damaging winds to 70 mph.
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Most of the thunderstorms will occur during the afternoon and evening hours, but because meteorologists do not expect the storms to stall over the same areas, widespread flooding concerns will be minimal.
The cold front will continue eastward on Friday, with the chance of showers and thunderstorms extending from the interior Northeast into the upper Ohio Valley.
Forecast models show most of the activity will be scattered, and the atmosphere will lack the ingredients for any type of widespread severe weather outbreak.
Meteorologists say any time a thunderstorm develops during the summer, it has the chance of becoming strong to severe, so it is always beneficial to keep updated with the latest forecast.
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The same frontal boundary could linger over the Northeast during the Independence Day holiday weekend and provide plenty of chances for scattered showers and storms.
Most of the rain is forecast to move out of the region for Monday’s holiday celebrations.
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