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Severe Thunderstorms Possible in the Plains

The North and Central Great Plains have the potential for severe thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoons, on Wednesday and Thursday.

A large, slow moving trough in the upper-levels of the atmosphere over Western Canada will create strong wind shear over the Dakotas and Northern Nebraska by Wednesday afternoon, as a cold front moves southeast at the surface. This could lead to a few high-based thunderstorms over parts of Nebraska and South Dakota Wednesday afternoon, capable of producing large hail and severe wind gusts.

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a marginal risk for the areas in dark green. Thankfully, the threat for severe storms is not expected to last long past sunset, due to the front undercutting storms and improving stability in the lower levels.

On Thursday, the threat for severe storms shifts south into Kansas. The marginal risk issued by the Storm Prediction Center includes the towns of Salina, Hutchinson, and Great Bend.

As a cold front continues to move southeast from the Northern Plains, moisture is expected to move north along a dryline stretching from West Texas into the Oklahoma Panhandle. This could lead to a few strong to severe thunderstorms, capable of producing large hail and severe strength winds, across Central Kansas and possibly Northwestern Oklahoma. This activity is also expected to wane quickly during the evening hours.

A few stronger storms will also be possible across Texas on Thursday before the risk for severe storms ramps up in the Lone Star State on Friday.

Stay with WeatherNation for the continuing coverage on the chance for severe storms.

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Rob grew up in South Florida, where daily afternoon storms and hurricanes piqued his interest in meteorology early on. That interest was fostered by his teachers and his father, who one time brought him onto the roof of their home to watch a funnel cloud move through the Everglades several miles away. ... Load MoreYears of filmmaking and tv production in high school gradually pushed him toward broadcast meteorology at Florida State University, where he joined and eventually led the student run daily weather show. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology, he began his career at KESQ in Palm Springs, California before heading to KFSN in Fresno and WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina. He has covered a diverse array of extreme weather events, including haboobs and flash flooding in the desert, extreme snow in the Sierra, hurricanes, and Appalachian ice storms. He also enjoys telling stories and reporting about weather issues.

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