Widespread, steady rain will break out across parts of the northern Plains and Midwest Wednesday and Wednesday night as a storm begins to intensify over Kansas.

As steamy air surges northward toward the storm, powerful thunderstorms will erupt from central Kansas to southwestern Iowa during the afternoon and evening Wednesday.

In addition to strong winds and hail, the thunderstorms could spawn a few tornadoes over Kansas.

This storm will eventually spread beneficial rainfall into parts of the Ohio Valley and Northeast by Thursday.

Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson