Severe storms are again possible across the northern tier of the nation today (Friday) as a trough and accompanying cold front sweep from the Rockies to the Great Lakes. The environment remains favorable for scattered severe storms exists today (Friday) from the Great Lakes to the Front Range. An elevated risk for severe storms has been issued by the Storm Prediction Center
(SPC) from Iowa to Lower Michigan.
On Thursday, severe weather produced very large hail fell in several Plains states. Hail around the size of baseballs fell in Nebraska.
As the front moves into the Great Lakes, low-level moisture is expected to increase, helping to destabilize the atmosphere. Warm temperatures and sufficient moisture will combine with a region of increased wind shear in the mid-levels of the atmosphere, which will aid in the formation of scattered or numerous severe thunderstorms.
The threat for damaging wind gusts will be the main concern, Large hail and a few tornadoes will also be possible for the areas indicated below.
Storms should develop by the early to middle afternoon hours and are expected to progress to the east and southeast into the evening. Linear segments (lines of storms) could form near the front, potentially broadening the damaging wind threat.
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