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Severe storms to hit U.S. High Plains into Thursday night

Staff Writer |
Following a lack of severe weather during the middle part of August, the threat for strong, gusty storms will ramp up across the front range of the Rockies and western High Plains late this week.

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A storm system moving eastward from the northern Rockies will clash with warm and humid air across these areas, setting the stage for the storms.

“Thunderstorms will develop across eastern Wyoming and Colorado Thursday afternoon and drift eastward into western South Dakota and Nebraska during the evening,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.

While the main threats from the storms will be damaging winds and localized flooding downpours, a few incidents of large hail are also possible.

Cities such as Rapid City, South Dakota, and Scottsbluff, Nebraska, lie within Thursday’s threat zone. Locally gusty storms may extend eastward into North Platte, Nebraska, late Thursday evening.

The storms are forecast to be widely separated, meaning that many locations in the threat area may get only showers or weaker, less disruptive thunderstorms.

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