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Detroit, St. Louis in Path of Labor Day Storms


By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
September 1, 2014; 10:35 AM ET



Severe thunderstorms will threaten holiday festivities across parts of the Midwest to close out the extended Labor Day weekend.

Thunderstorms are forecast to develop from Michigan to Missouri on Monday afternoon ahead of a cold front moving into the region. These storms will then track south and east heading into Monday night.

Those planning to spend part of Labor Day outside from Detroit through St. Louis should keep an eye to the sky and take shelter when a storm approaches.

Damaging wind gusts, large hail and frequent lightning are expected to be the main threats with thunderstorms during the afternoon before the threat shifts to flooding downpours overnight.

However, this does not mean that thunderstorms cannot produce gusty winds after the sun sets.

Some of the strongest storms may even spin up a brief tornado late in the day. Although this would be an isolated event, a tornado can quickly turn a holiday event into a nightmare for those involved.

AccuWeather.com MinuteCast™ can help keep you ahead of the storms by giving a minute-by-minute forecast for your exact location.

People planning to travel across this area on Monday evening or Monday night may encounter travel delays due to these thunderstorms.

Not only can torrential downpours lead to slower traffic and flooded roadways, but also delays at the airports.

Monday's severe weather will be replaced with drier, more comfortable conditions on Tuesday as the severe weather threat shifts eastward to the mid-Atlantic.

A shower or thunderstorm may still linger around cities such as St. Louis, Indianapolis and Detroit on Tuesday morning before the drier weather moves in for the second half of the day.