Strong, severe storms threaten Minnesota Thursday-Saturday

Heavy rain overnight into Friday and then bigger storms possible Saturday.
Publish date:

It's going to be a beautiful start to the Minnesota State Fair with sunny skies and temperatures rising to around 80 degrees Thursday in the Twin Cities. But the gorgeous weather won't last long. 

Storms that develop in the eastern Dakotas Thursday afternoon are expected to roll through Minnesota late Thursday night into Friday morning, and there's a good chance the first half of Friday is a total washout, followed by rain and thunder chances again Friday afternoon and evening. 

The Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service is predicting close to an inch of rain to fall in the metro and most of eastern Minnesota, with slightly more in west-central Wisconsin. 

Here's a simulated future radar depicting potential storm activity from 6 p.m. Thursday through 9 a.m. Friday. This is a simulation and not exactly what will happen. 


While the Twin Cities will avoid any severe weather on Thursday, there is a threat for storms to producing damaging winds and large hail in the region each of the next three days, with the best chance of severe storms in Minnesota coming Saturday afternoon. 

From left to right, Thursday, Friday and Saturday's severe storm threat. 

From left to right, Thursday, Friday and Saturday's severe storm threat. 

The forecast will likely change over the next 48 hours, but the Storm Prediction Center is already calling for some"isolated significant hail" possible on Saturday. 

The forecast discussion from the NWS Twin Cities views Saturday as follows: "Supercellular storm modes would supported in this case given the environment with damaging wind and potentially very large hail (conditional) threats."

Further ahead, Sunday into Monday, the rain chances are 50-50 at the moment, although the NWS Twin Cities says computer models are suggesting widespread rain across much of Minnesota, including the potential for heavy rain and flash flooding. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 9.55.05 PM

Small plane lands on northbound I-35W in Twin Cities

A large police presence is at the scene.


Judge orders Minnesota gym that defied shutdown to close

Attorney General Keith Ellison sued the gym after it remained open.

montana cutbank

Charges: Man shot victim 'without provocation' using sawed-off shotgun

The incident happened on Nov. 24 in Ten Lake Township, located in Beltrami County.

Governor Tim Walz

Watch live: Walz, first responders address Minnesotans

Some departments have been forced to shift staffing or suspend service due to COVID-19.

covid-19, coronavirus

CDC says COVID-19 quarantine period can be cut to 10 or 7 days

You can come out of a 7-day quarantine following exposure provided you've had a negative test.

maple grove fire

1 person found dead inside Maple Grove business that burned down

A person had been unaccounted following the fire that destroyed Hanson Implement and Storage Tuesday night.

One-dollar bill, cash, money

Appeals court rules MN high school students can get unemployment benefits

They've been denied the benefits, and some were even asked to pay them back.

covid-19, coronavirus

Dec. 2 COVID-19 update: 77 more deaths in Minnesota

The death toll is closing in on 3,700 in Minnesota.

City Pages

Fan creates City Pages archive, Star Tribune tells him to remove it

After word spread that the defunct newspaper's website would go down, a fan created his own copy. Then he got a cease and desist letter.

Adam Thielen

Vikings activate Adam Thielen off COVID-19/reserve list

The star receiver missed last week's victory over Carolina.

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 10.27.14 AM

Naked man shot by St. Paul cop is charged for sexual assault of ex-girlfriend

The 31-year-old suspect remains at Regions Hospital after being shot.


Severe storms threaten southern Minnesota on Saturday

Storms are expected to fire up in southwest Minnesota by early afternoon.

Storms could bring severe weather to Minnesota on Friday

There's a slight risk of severe storms in western and southern Minnesota.

Still not done with severe weather? Storms possible Sunday, Monday

Nearing October, the strong storm threat continues.

Marginal risk for severe storms in southern MN Wednesday

Most of Minnesota will get some rain, but some hail is possible along I-90.

Strong to severe storms threaten southern Minnesota

Another stormy day in Minnesota on Saturday.

Damaging severe storms possible in southern Minnesota

Another round of storms could develop Friday afternoon and evening.


Here's where severe weather is possible Tuesday in Minnesota

A bigger concern may be storms that hit the same areas, creating a risk for flooding.

storms, lightning

Severe storms possible in central MN Saturday afternoon

Storms could get going in the early afternoon.