Powerful storm to threaten portions of southern Minnesota on Friday

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A powerful October storm that is expected to bring snow in the Black Hills, could bring threatening severe weather to a large portion of the Midwest and Central Plains.

The Associated Press reports that the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma says the front could bring heavy thunderstorms with wind, rain, hail, and tornadoes.

Around one million people live in the moderate risk area, in southern Minnesota and Iowa. Other states that may see severe weather from the storm include Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas, areas as far south as Texas could also be affected.

Its the first time since 2000 that a storm of this size in the region has been forecast in October a day in advance.

KELO TV in Sioux Falls reports, that snowfall in the Black Hills could top two feet in some locations.

The Pioneer Press reports, that 1-3 inches of rain are possible through the weekend with the storms.

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