Millions of people from the Plains to the Midwest face risks of severe weather and flooding

DENVER – Several rounds of storms are expected to bring high winds, large hail and flash flooding to the Rockies, Plains and Midwest through the weekend.

Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico are expected to face several severe weather threats starting Saturday afternoon, according to the FOX Forecast Center. There is also a risk of isolated severe storms in the Ozarks region.

The NOAA Storm Prediction Center has elevated part of this region to a Level 3 out of 5 severe weather risk, including cities such as Garden City and Dodge City in Kansas and Fort Morgan and Lamar in Colorado .


“Tomorrow (Sunday), at dawn, even if Kansas isn’t affected, look who’s in the middle: St. Louis, Paducah, Nashville,” said FOX weather meteorologist Michael Estime. “Worship services in Tennessee, especially West Tennessee, may be disrupted or slowed down simply because of all the storms and wet weather we are forecasting.”

Heavy rain raises concerns about flash flooding

In addition to severe weather, storms will bring heavy rain to parts of the Central Plains and Midwest.

Parts of southwest Missouri could see 3 inches of rain as storms blow through Saturday, with isolated areas seeing up to 5 inches of rain.

The NOAA Weather Prediction Center has assigned the area a Level 3 out of 4 flash flood risk.

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