More strong storms possible from Mankato to Twin Cities on Tuesday

Storms could develop by early or mid-afternoon.
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Strong storms could once again pop in Minnesota on Tuesday evening, as the Storm Prediction Center has put a stretch of the state from Mankato to the Twin Cities in a moderate risk for severe storms. 

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The National Weather Service expects a warm front to set up over the southern half of Minnesota, with temps north of the front in the 60s while highs Tuesday surge into the 70s and possible 80 degrees south of the front. Storms are expected to initiate in the late afternoon and move to the east-northeast. 

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Primary hazards will be strong winds and hail, though the weather service notes that the severe threat won't last long as storms will weaken after initiating. Here's a look at the HRRR model, which shows storms firing in south-central Minnesota around 3 p.m. 


You can see in the radar simulation that once the storms fire, it'll mark the start of a very wet period that should remain wet and rainy through at least the first half of Thursday, with rain totals around 3 inches possible in many locations. 

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Quite a few storms went severe on Monday evening in Minnesota, with frequent lightning strikes, torrential rain, gusty winds and hail the size of quarters the main impacts from the strongest cells. 

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