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Damaging winds, large hail possible as storms redevelop Wednesday afternoon

The severe threat extends from Mankato to the Twin Cities and southeast.

A band of heavy rain with occasional thunder and lightning is pushing its way through Minnesota Wednesday morning and it will continue to weaken as it works its way east-southeast before exiting the state by mid-morning. 

The big question the rest of the day is whether lingering cloud cover will clear enough to allow for redevelopment of strong to severe storms this afternoon and evening. 

If the sun does come out, the chances of seeing severe storms develop are better. If it stays cloudy, this afternoon will be more likely to see your garden variety storms. 

According to the National Weather Service-Twin Cities, the best chance for severe storms capable of producing large hail and damaging winds is along a line from Mankato to the southern Twin Cities and points south and east. 

Areas shaded in yellow in the map below are under a slight risk for severe weather. 

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Once the cold front associated with these storms moves through, the winds will start to howl from the northwest and bring with it some fall-like temperatures in the 60s and low 70s on Thursday. 

After that, temperatures look great, with slightly below average heat ranging in the mid-to-upper 70s from Friday to Sunday.

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