Severe storms to hit TODAY with snow forecast and risk of tornadoes and floods – see exactly when cold blast will hit

SEVERE storms are expected to batter through the midwest today with a wintry mix of snow and rain and a risk of tornadoes.

Forecasters predict the cold blast to slam through the Plains beginning Friday.

A possibility of one or two storms could develop across parts of the Central Plains Friday afternoon into the evening, posing a risk for hail and damaging wind gusts.

Meanwhile, a thunderstorm warning is in effect for Missouri Valley as portions of the upper Midwest are at risk for large hail.

For Saturday, heavy downpours and thunderstorms will hit parts of Oklahoma through eastern Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota.

Powerful wind gusts and hail appear to be the main threats, as a tornado watch is also in effect.

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Before the storm batters through the Plains this weekend, heavy rainfall and possible snow will slam parts of the west and Rockies Friday morning into the afternoon.

Beginning Friday evening into Saturday night, snow is also expected to spread across portions of Wyoming, Montana and the western parts of the Dakotas.

South Dakota is at risk of being slammed with severe weather by Saturday night or Sunday.

At least six inches of snow could potentially pile up in North Dakota, Wyoming and eastern Montana.

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Some areas could even see nearly two feet of snow.

High winds overlapping with the snow might also produce blizzard conditions resulting in low visibility and dangerous driving conditions.

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