Nasty storms again threaten parts of Minnesota Monday

Many of the locations in Monday's risk area were hit hard Sunday.
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After severe storms pummeled parts of northwestern Minnesota on Sunday, many of the same locations could get hit hard again Monday. 

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma, has placed parts of west-central and northwest Minnesota in an enhanced risk for severe storms, including the cities of Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes, Ada, Fosston and northward to Thief River Falls. The Twin Cities remains east of where the strongest storms are expected. 

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"A capping inversion and weak forcing will inhibit thunderstorm development most of the day, but storms are expected to initiate within zone of deeper forcing along the cold front by late afternoon across the central and eastern Dakotas, eventually spreading into northwest MN," says the SPC. 

Here's what the Grand Forks office of the National Weather Service (NWS) is expecting: "Some storms may produce very large hail greater than 2 inches in diameter, damaging wind gusts up to 75 mph, and localized flash flooding. A brief tornado cannot be ruled out."

Egg-sized hail is possible, based on this description from the NWS. Here's the simulated future radar, showing morning storms clearing out with new storms firing between 4-8 p.m. in the Dakotas and western Minnesota. 


Meanwhile, there is some good news as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal, which is currently impacting the Gulf Coast and Deep South, is now forecast to track slightly further east, bringing the threat of excessive rainfall into Wisconsin. 

The track could change, but this for now means lower rainfall totals Tuesday and Wednesday for the Twin Cities and eastern parts of the state. 

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