Many locations across the Great Lakes and Plains, which have dealt with multiple rounds of thunderstorms over the past week, will have to endure additional severe weather threats through Sunday.

The same disturbance that brought severe weather across the central and northern Plains on Saturday will be responsible for again sparking severe weather farther east through Sunday evening.

Even in the morning on Sunday, thunderstorms fired up and rolled through northern Illinois and Wisconsin, bringing tree damage.

Wind speeds of 48 mph were recorded at Waukegan Airport in northern Illinois near the Wisconsin border.

Severe thunderstorms will continue through the middle of the day in some places like Michigan and northern Indiana, while other locations wait until later in the day or even the evening before being affected.

Thunderstorms could turn severe from eastern Michigan and northern Ohio back into southeastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma before the end of the weekend.

“Thunderstorms in this region will be capable of producing heavy rain that can lead to flash flooding, as well as hail and damaging wind gusts up to 65 mph,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.

While Sunday’s threat for severe weather may be less widespread, many of the same hazards that were observed on Saturday will be in play once again.

The threat for stronger-than-usual thunderstorms does not end in the Midwest, with the potential for severe weather reaching as far east as New England.

Cities such as Toronto; Quebec; Buffalo and Albany, New York; Detroit; Cleveland; Indianapolis; St. Louis and Tulsa, Oklahoma, could all have severe weather Sunday evening.

In addition to bringing dangers for anyone with activities outside for the second half of the weekend, travel delays at major airports in the Midwest and Great Lakes are also possible.

Parts of interstates 44, 65, 69, 70, 75, and 90 could have heavy enough downpours to cause ponding on roadways and reduced visibility. This could cause slow downs in travel during any storm.

Motorists should be on the lookout for flooded roadways, and remember to never drive through flood waters over a roadway.

Download the free AccuWeather app to stay alert of severe weather advisories in your area.

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The beginning of the weekend was full of plenty of severe weather as well.

Severe thunderstorms charged through the Dakotas and into Minnesota, as well as through parts of Kansas and Oklahoma.

Thunderstorms in South Dakota produced hailstones around midday that were 1.5 inches in diameter, or approximately the size of a ping-pong ball.

Recorded wind speeds in Jackson County, Oklahoma, reached 94 mph on Saturday evening, causing tree and structural damage, according to authorities.

Power outages were reported across southwestern Minnesota, where wind gusts reached at least 55 mph in the cities of Windom and Jackson.

social media user caught a photo of a possible rope tornado near Milnor, North Dakota, on Saturday afternoon, along with a pair of funnel clouds that appeared off in the distance.

A possible rope tornado churned near Milnor, North Dakota, on Saturday afternoon. A few funnel clouds also made an appearance in the area. (Twitter/@RandyElenberger)


Even outside of the severe weather reports, typical summertime thunderstorms caused delays to outdoor plans in the Midwest. Storms rolled through the Chicago lakefront area around midday on Saturday, prompting a brief weather delay at the Chicago Air and Water show.

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