Heavy rain, isolated tornadoes possible across southern Minnesota on Saturday

Up to two inches of rain in an hour is possible, the NWS says.
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Saturday's forecast makes for an interestingly wet day ahead as the National Weather Service expects soaking rains and even the threat of tornadoes in southern Minnesota. 

Some storms are ongoing Saturday morning, but the threat for heavy rain and some tornadoes arrives in the afternoon. 

"The main concern with these storms is the potential for heavy rain and flooding. Isolated rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are possible," the NWS Twin Cities says in its early morning forecast discussion

"A secondary concern is the chance for a few tornadoes. This is a more conditional threat, but it does exist."

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Storms are expected to develop in southern Minnesota this afternoon. These could be high precipitation storms that produce up two inches of rain per hour, the NWS says. 

"At this time, the best chance for heavy rain appears to be along I-90 and in southeast Minnesota, but it could be as far north as the southern Twin Cities," the forecast discussion reads. 

The tornado threat is minimal and any tornado that spins up will likely be brief. 

Here's a look at the future simulated radar for Saturday afternoon through and on, courtesy of NOAA's HRRR model. 


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