A storm will spread a bit of rain over the central Plains on Friday, but early next week, a more potent storm will target the nation's midsection.

Friday's storm will follow a relatively quiet Thursday across the nation's midsection. The southern Plains will warm nicely under sunshine. On the other hand, a lack of wind will keep stubborn low clouds and fog over the northern Plains.

Rain will develop across the central Plains on Friday as the storm emerges from the Rockies. The rain will not be extremely heavy but will slow travel by wetting roadways.

As the storm heads into the Midwest on Saturday, the next storm to impact the nation's midsection will dive into Southern California.

This storm will prove to be the strongest of the two. More substantial rain will likely develop over the central Plains later Sunday into Monday. Wet snow will fall along the rain's northern fringe, while thunderstorms rumble over the southern Plains. AccuWeather.com will be monitoring the possibility for a few of these thunderstorms to turn strong.

Be sure to keep checking back with AccuWeather.com as more details of this storm become clearer.

Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski