By Brian Lada
Rounds of severe weather, including tornadoes, will threaten the Midwest and central Plains through Monday, creating a significant danger to lives and property.
Monday is likely to start with some stronger thunderstorms over eastern Nebraska before the severe weather outbreak commences later.
As this outbreak unfolds on Monday afternoon and evening, it will target some of the same communities that were slammed by storms on Sunday afternoon. Des Moines, Iowa, and Kansas City, Missouri, are two such cities.
“I’m concerned about a significant severe weather outbreak Monday afternoon that likely includes some tornadoes across much of Iowa, as well as adjacent areas of southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin,” stated AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait.
In addition to the tornadoes, the strongest thunderstorms on Monday afternoon will produce damaging winds, large hail and flooding downpours.
“The danger should transition into more of a widespread damaging wind threat for areas farther to the east and south into Illinois, Missouri, northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan through Monday evening,” Strait continued.
There would still be a concern for isolated tornadoes in the latter region.
Other cities bracing for Monday’s severe weather outbreak include Omaha, Nebraska; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Chicago; and Kalamazoo, Michigan.
For Chicago, the violent thunderstorms and an isolated tornado will roll through on Monday evening.
On Tuesday, the severe weather danger will shift to places around Lake Erie and the Ohio Valley and will stretch back to Oklahoma and Texas. Tuesday, however, may prove to be less active than Monday.
The timing of these storms can lead to high impacts around the major travel hubs in the Midwest on Monday and Tuesday.
Evening commutes can turn treacherous as torrential downpours significantly reduce visibility for those driving on the roadways, as well as increase the risk of hydroplaning.
Those headed to the airports should also prepare for delays not only because of the extreme weather, but also the higher volume of travelers for the Independence Day week.
As storms roll through, temporary ground stops may be put in place at major airports such as O’Hare International in Chicago.
Wind gusts associated with the storms will also lead to power outages and property damage as they are expected to be strong enough to blow over trees and power poles.
Looking ahead to Wednesday, showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for much of the Northeast as the storm system continues to shift eastward.
However, severe weather on Wednesday is not expected to be as widespread as Monday and Tuesday as the system responsible for the thunderstorms weakens.
Soaking downpours will still be possible which can lead to urban flooding.
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