Torrential rains, severe storms target Twin Cities, southern MN

Storms likely to develop in the afternoon and evening hours.
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After northern and eastern Minnesota was pounded by severe storms and flooding rains, the severe weather threat is now shifting to southern Minnesota.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, in a slight risk for severe storms. The primary hazards will be torrential rains, frequent lightning, straight-line winds and marginally severe hail. 

While damaging winds and hail will be possible, the main concern appears to be the threat for torrential rains, as storms will have the potential to track over the same areas over and over.

That's what happened overnight Wednesday into Thursday in east-central Minnesota, where anywhere from 3-7 inches, and one report of 10 inches near Mille Lacs Lake, caused flash flooding. 

Here's a look at the latest simulated future radar from NOAA's HRRR model, with the radar imagery beginning at 4 p.m. and running through the early-morning hours of Friday.

This is a simulation of what could happen, not exactly what will happen. 


As you can see in the future radar, southwest Minnesota is once again under the gun for significant rainfall. Areas near Marshall, Wabasso and other small communities in southwest Minnesota were hammered by torrential rains just last week. 

Stay weather aware over the next 24 hours. 

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