Heavy storms can slow plain truck drivers in the middle of the week

Truck drivers can hit strong winds and hail spots in the southern plains for the next two days.

A cold front traveling from the Rocky Mountains travels across the Great Lakes, the Great Plains, and the Mississippi Valley. Strong collisions of cold and warm air on the ground, instability in the sky, and plenty of moisture cause areas of storms that stretch from the Midwest to the Gulf.

Some storms can reach severe limits, especially on Wednesdays, from Oklahoma to northeast Texas. This is where storms can produce large hail over an inch in diameter, gusts over 60 mph and isolated tornadoes.

Total rainfall can reach 1-2 inches, but short-term heavy rainfall can cause flash floods. This can happen where the storm doesn’t get worse or where it gets worse.

Main lanes of concern

• Interstate 35 from Oklahoma City to Dallas.
• Interstate Expressway 40 from Oklahoma City to Fort Smith, Arkansas.
• Interstate 44 from Oklahoma City to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

At the northernmost tip of the front, rain turns into snow from late Wednesday to Thursday. Some parts of North Dakota and Minnesota along the Canadian border can snow more than four inches, including International Falls. However, the main problem is that strong winds up to 50 mph can cause snow, poor visibility and an increased risk of rollover.

Related: Blizzard affecting some Canadian truck drivers

Main lanes of concern

• Interstate 29 in eastern North Dakota and South Dakota.
• US Highway from Grand Forks, North Dakota to Duluth, Minnesota 2.

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