From a blizzard to tornadoes: Winter and spring duke it out in central US on Friday – USA TODAY

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Winter and spring will duke it out in the central U.S. on Friday and into Saturday as a blizzard blasts the northern Plains and a severe weather outbreak threatens portions of the central and southern Plains. 
The fierce system is the same one that dumped snow and rain on California the past couple of days. 
“Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop across parts of the Great Plains into Upper Midwest Friday through Friday night,” the Storm Prediction Center said. “Isolated tornadoes are possible, but strong wind gusts and large hail appear the primary severe weather threats.” 
AccuWeather director of forecast operations Dan DePodwin said “from late Friday to Friday evening, the best chance of a few tornadoes will be in portions of eastern Nebraska, southern and eastern South Dakota and western Iowa.”
By Saturday, the risk of severe thunderstorms will push farther to the east into an area with a larger population, AccuWeather said, and storms are predicted to rumble over the lower Plains, the upper portion of the Mississippi Valley and the western part of the Great Lakes. Cities such as Oklahoma City, Kansas City and Minneapolis are all in the zone of greatest risk on Saturday, the Storm Prediction Center said.
FIRE DANGER:High winds, dry conditions threaten ‘extreme, catastrophic fire weather’ in Southwest
Snow will be the main weather story farther north and west on Friday and Saturday as a winter storm gathers strength across the region. 
The storm is expected to evolve into a full-blown blizzard with travel-snarling snow that could result in feet of accumulation in some areas, AccuWeather said. 
Blizzard warnings have been issued for portions of Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas because of the growing potential for over a foot of snow and whiteout conditions because of heavy snowfall rates and/or strong winds causing reduced visibilities, the Weather Service said. 
Gusty winds as high as 75 mph will create blizzard conditions.
“Travel will be very difficult to impossible at times, with power outages and tree damage also expected,” the Weather Service said. 
Finally, extreme fire weather conditions are also forecast Friday across the southern Rockies and the Southwest, mainly in Colorado and New Mexico. “Widespread 5-15% relative humidity and 30-40 mph winds (gusts upward of 60 mph) will overspread critically dry fuels,” the Weather Service said. “The volatile combination will encourage extreme fire-weather conditions.”


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