Severe storms to threaten central US through Monday

Residents across several parts of the central United States will have to remain alert for potentially damaging thunderstorms through Monday.

Late Sunday, severe storms triggered large hail and high winds across the central and southern Plains. Some of these same areas will be at risk for severe weather on Monday, as well as locations farther east.

Any severe storm has the potential to endanger lives and property. Even in the absence of severe weather, anyone outdoors during a thunderstorm is at risk of being struck by lightning.

11 PHOTOS
Early 2018 winter weather across the US
See Gallery
Early 2018 winter weather across the US
CHICAGO, USA - JANUARY 20: A view of the frozen trees and ornamentals at Whihala Beach Park with the impact of surges and extremely cold weather in Chicago, Illionis, United States on January 20, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ILLIONIS, USA - JANUARY 12: Huge waves crash onto the sidewalk of the Lake Michigan as strong winds drive huge waves reaching about 6 meters high along the Chicago shoreline after the heavy snowfall and strong winds hit Indiana, in Chicago, United States on January 12, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 9: The U.S. Capitol dome is seen surrounded by fog Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 23: Storm clouds pass over the dome of the U.S. Capitol building on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
NEW YORK, USA - JANUARY 09: Crowd of people skate on the ice rink during cold weather following snow days at the Central Park in New York City, United States on January 09, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JANUARY 09: City staff members shovel snow during cold weather following snow days at the Central Park in New York City, United States on January 09, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 08: A visitor from Vietnam makes his way across the frozen Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on January 8, 2018. A member of the National Park Service subsequently told people to leave the ice and said that 12 people had recently fallen through. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
CHICAGO, USA - JANUARY 6: A view of the coast of Michigan lake frozen due to the extremely cold weather reaching minus 20 in the nights hits Chicago, Illionis, United States on January 6, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - JANUARY 6: A view of the coast of Michigan lake frozen due to the extremely cold weather reaching minus 20 in the nights hits Chicago, Illionis, United States on January 6, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - JANUARY 6: A view of ice floating over the frozen Chicago river as extremely cold weather reaching minus 20 in the nights hits Chicago, Illionis, United States on January 6, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 06: A man walks around Central Park during freezing temperatures on January 06, 2018 in New York City. The extreme conditions suffered across the United States are a result of the 'bomb cyclone' brought along by Storm Grayson. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

A cluster of showers and thunderstorms that blossomed over eastern Iowa and southern Wisconsin on Sunday night will sweep south and east into Monday evening.

This cluster of gusty and drenching thunderstorms will sweep the upper Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic on Monday—a theme that will continue several times this week.

Farther west, a new round of storms will ignite on Monday afternoon and evening.

Chicago will join Kansas City, Missouri, and Wichita, Kansas, in facing severe thunderstorms to kick off the week. Isolated severe thunderstorms may also occur southward to Midland, Texas.

RELATED: 
The difference between tornado watches and warnings 
Preparing for severe weather: How to protect your car from thousands of dollars in hail damage 
Psychology of warnings: Why do people ignore important weather alerts?

AccuWeather Senior Storm Warning Meteorologist Rich Putnam is concerned for the risk of damaging winds and large hail around Chicago late Monday, a threat that will exist throughout the central Plains. Frequent lightning and downpours are other hazards that residents and motorists will face.

An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out but a significant outbreak is not expected.

Monday evening commuters should prepare for possible delays, while sporting events and other outdoor plans can be disrupted.

After the severe thunderstorms wane overnight Monday, the threat for violent thunderstorms will be more localized on Tuesday.

Read Full Story