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Baseball-sized hail possible with severe storms Monday in Minnesota

It could be a bumpy afternoon and night in some areas.

Not only will the temps be hotter than a firecracker this week in Minnesota, but there are also numerous chances for severe weather. The first shot at nasty storms is Monday, when afternoon boomers could deliver very large hail and damaging winds. 

"Supercells with very large hail near the size of baseballs and damaging winds are expected this afternoon/evening from eastern North Dakota into northern Minnesota, and the storms could grow into a cluster or two while spreading southeastward tonight," warns the Storm Prediction Center. 

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The bullseye, as of the 8 a.m. update from the Storm Prediction Center, is a chunk of central and east-central/northeast Minnesota, including Brainerd, Grand Rapids, Hinckley and Duluth.  

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The HRRR and NAM computer models are nearly identical in projecting supercells to develop in north-central Minnesota between 5-7 p.m., then pushing to the southeastward into Wisconsin.

Further development to the south and west is then possible overnight, though it's unclear if those storms will hit the Twin Cities. 


Severe storms are again possible in southern Minnesota Tuesday, and again Wednesday. It's possible that parts of the Twin Cities get in on big storm activity Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

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There is also an excessive heat watch in place for a large area of southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, for Tuesday and Wednesday, when heat index values could exceed 100 degrees. 

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