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Grab your umbrella: Up to 5 inches of rain possible as storms move through

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Keep your umbrella handy, it's going to be rainy for the next few days.

Storms – some with "torrential" downpours – are possible Wednesday as a cold front moves in, according to the National Weather Service.

Much of central Minnesota was under a severe thunderstorm watch Wednesday morning as a line of thunderstorms moved east across the state. The National Weather Service reported50 mph winds, dime-sized hail, heavy downpours and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning with the storms.

And a few more storms are possible this afternoon as the cold front "sags" south. The National Weather Service says damaging winds and large hail are possible in central Minnesota, and torrential rainfall and potential flooding is possible – especially along and north of Interstate 94.

The National Weather Service says several rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected through Thursday as a storm system slowly pushes across the plains.

Heavy rainfall and the risk of flooding are the main threats with the storms, with the weather service noting rainfall totals may exceed 5 inches in parts of the state.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for parts of central and southern Minnesota – including the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and Willmar – from 4 p.m. Wednesday through 10 a.m. Thursday.

Hot and humid

It'll also be sticky.

The National Weather Service says humidity will increase across southern Minnesota Wednesday – dew points are expected to rise into the 70s.

Northwestern Minnesota is expected to see high temperatures in the lower 70s Wednesday, while west-central Minnesota could reach the lower 90s.

Warm temperatures and high dew points could make the heat index rise to more than 100 degrees in parts of southern Minnesota by Wednesday evening.

Here's a look at the heat index forecast for 5 p.m. Wednesday:

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