Posted Online: Oct. 11, 2012, 7:42 pm

Wild weekend weather may be in the wings

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The Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Eyes to the skies could be wise this weekend as a storm is expected to develop in the middle of the country.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., says high winds and perhaps tornadoes could be possible Saturday and that people in a broad area from Dallas to Minneapolis should pay attention.

Locally, the Quad-Cities is forecast to have clear skies Friday with highs in the upper 50s. But rain chances enter the area Friday night pushed by south/southeast winds. Percipitation chances are pegged at 80 percent Friday night, with more than a quarter inch of rain possible.

Wet skies are expected to continue Saturday with winds up to 20 miles per hour pushing temperatures toward 68 degrees. Rain chances remain at 80 percent Saturday night, with readings of 1.3 inches possible before rains taper off Sunday morning. Windy skies remain in the forecast Sunday, with a high around 60 degrees.

Bill Bunting of the storm center's operations branch said the risk area for severe weather this weekend is large because of uncertainty on where storms may hit. Future forecasts will consider when a cold front and low-pressure system should cross the region, and whether humid air can surge into the upper Midwest.