Unusual strong storm front threatens Midwest

Slight risk of severe weather Friday

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:38:27 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 03 2013 04:09:44 PM CDT
Severe weather risk for Friday and Friday night
DES MOINES, Iowa -

An unusual strong storm front is threatening the Midwest from the central Plains to the Mississippi Valley over the next several days.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said the system could bring heavy thunder, wind, rain and possibly tornadoes on Friday.

Meteorologist Gregory Carbin said about one-third of Iowa and parts of southern Minnesota have a 45 percent chance of severe storms. More than 1 million people live in that risk area.

Parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Wisconsin are also on the storm front's path. Areas as far south as Oklahoma and Texas could be affected.

Meteorologists say this is the first time since at least 2000 that a storm this size in the region has been forecast in October a day in advance.