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Heavy rain, storms again possible in Minnesota on Friday

Pack an umbrella if you're headed outdoors.

Parts of southern Minnesota could be in for a wet Friday as showers and storms are expected to be widespread. 

As of 7 a.m., a large area of showers and thunderstorms was entering western Minnesota, and that activity will continue moving through the area Friday morning. 

Radar imagery from 7 a.m. Friday

Radar imagery from 7 a.m. Friday

"Still some uncertainty with how widespread convection will be, but would not be surprised if we see something similar to what we saw north of the Twin Cities Thursday, this time just south of the Twin Cities," the National Weather Service in Chanhassen says in its Friday morning forecast discussion. 

There's a chance that isolated storms reach severe levels. If one or two severe thunderstorm warnings are issued, they would likely be for a marginal damaging wind threat. 

The HRRR model (may not load in all browsers) shows the morning storms in South Dakota falling apart a bit before more storms flare up quickly and then weaken, similar to what happened Thursday. 

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If the simulation is accurate, it could make for a wet, rumbly evening in the Twin Cities, and that's what the weather service is forecasting with "likely" showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. 

If you're headed to Blaine for the 3M Open during the day or the Zac Brown Band concert at 7 p.m., you'll definitely want to pack an umbrella and be prepared for potential incoming storms. 

For Saturday, there's a chance that a line of storms that develops and moves through South Dakota late Friday could continue into Minnesota. According to the NWS, some computer models show the storms falling apart as they get into western Minnesota, while other models keep them going as they move through. We'll have to wait and see.

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