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Large hail possible in greater Minnesota Thursday, more storms Friday

Total washouts are not in the forecast.
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Storms are expected to be isolated in nature but any that do develop in Minnesota on Thursday will have the ability to drop some big hail. 

"Areas of showers across southwest Minnesota this morning should dissipate by early afternoon, with scattered thunderstorms expected to develop this evening," says the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities. 

"A few severe thunderstorms capable of producing large hail are possible, primarily across western and northwestern Minnesota."

Areas shaded in yellow in the map below stand the best chance to see severe storms. 

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According to the Storm Prediction Center, storms will pop during the afternoon and move east-southeast, with the large hail threat lasting through sunset into the overnight hours. 

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You can see in the HRRR model's simulated radar (GIF may not load in all browsers) that explosive thunderstorm development could happen between 4-6 p.m. in northwest Minnesota. 

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Severe storms are not expected to reach the Twin Cities, but that could change Friday when another round of storms is expected to develop somewhere in east-central Minnesota or western Wisconsin. 

Friday storms that go severe will probably be isolated as well, with large hail and damaging winds the main hazards. 

The weekend looks pretty good with a warm, sunny Saturday before a bit of an increase in shower/storm chances Saturday night and Sunday. Overall, pretty nice. 

Next week should be mostly gorgeous, according to the NWS, with highs in the mid-70s and 80s.  

Oh, and perhaps you've noticed, but it's going to be August next Thursday. Before we know it, the Dog Days will transition to leaves falling off trees and snow dropping from the clouds. Yay. 

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