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Another round of storms possible this evening; cooler temperatures expected Friday

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A line of thunderstorms and torrential rain has moved across the Twin Cities on Thursday, with more storms predicted for the evening.

Storms Thursday morning brought

" target="_blank">pea- to quarter-sized hail, frequent lightning, heavy rains and gusty winds to the metro region before sunrise, and caused some flash flooding in parts of the Twin Cities, especially on roadways, which slowed the morning commute for many.

Periods of showers and thunderstorms

" target="_blank">continued throughout the day, mainly in the northern and eastern parts of Minnesota, the National Weather Service says.

Another round of storms is possible at around 6 p.m. – check the radar here. Also affected with be areas to the south and east of the Twin Cities, including between Mankato and Red Wing, the weather service notes.

After an hour-long delay to Wednesday night's game, the Minnesota Twins have hinted delays could be possible for Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field, but said in a tweet they will "make every effort to start the game on time."

The storms come ahead of a cold front that is due to pass through the region Thursday night.

Behind the front, much cooler temperatures are expected – the high for the Twin Cities Friday is about 15 degrees cooler than Thursday's high in the lower 80s, the National Weather Service says.

Temperatures are expected to range from upper 60s to lower 70s for the weekend for much of Minnesota, but then gradually get warmer next week – reaching the low- to mid-70s for the start of next week, the weather service notes.

The average temperature for this time of year in the Twin Cities is about 71 degrees, AccuWeather reports.

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