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Upper Midwest and Plains Severe Weather Risk

7 Aug 2019, 9:58 am

A storm system sliding through the Upper Midwest and Central Plains will bring the risk for severe weather this afternoon and evening.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 8 p.m. Central Time this evening.

A marginal risk for severe storms extends from the Western Great Lakes to the Central Plains. A slight risk includes the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, most of Wisconsin and Southeast Minnesota. A second areas mapped out by the Storm Prediction Center highlights areas from Northwest Arkansas to the Kansas-Nebraska border.


Strong wind gusts and large hail are the biggest concerns for today (Wednesday). The risk for tornadoes is low in the Central Plains. A cold front will drop slowly southward throughout the day. It will be the focus for thunderstorm development. Two lows – one near the Canadian Border and the other in Kansas – will enhance storm strength and help to produce severe storms.

Check back with WeatherNation throughout the day for the latest updates on-air and online if you are in the severe weather risk areas.

Want to understand more about the Storm Prediction Center risk categories? Watch to learn more about what a marginal, slight, enhanced, moderate, and high risk means when the SPC issues these threats around the country.


For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels