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Next threat for severe storms in Minnesota arrives Thursday

The weather service is anticipating a chance for a line of severe storms.

We joked Monday in our Weather MN blog that Mother Nature and the State of Minnesota had agreed to a three-day nice weather contract. Well, the reason it's not a four-day contract is because more severe storms are being forecast for parts of Minnesota on Thursday. 

The Storm Prediction Center has already placed parts of northern and west-central Minnesota in a slight risk for severe storms in its Day 3 outlook, which means they're already fairly confident in strong storms developing. 

The yellow-shaded area is under a slight risk of severe storms Thursday. The area will be refined in the coming days. 

The yellow-shaded area is under a slight risk of severe storms Thursday. The area will be refined in the coming days. 

Their current thinking is that a line of storms will develop late Thursday and be capable of producing damaging winds and large hail. 

While it's still too early to put a lot of trust in any of the computer models, the NAM 13KM model (GIF may not load in all browsers) is picking up on storm possibilities diving southeast through Minnesota late Thursday night into Friday morning. 

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Again, nothing to get too concerned about yet because it's still three days away. It's also good that the current forecast has the storms timed to erupt after dark, which could limit some of the severe potential. 

Details will definitely change over the next 72 hours, and we'll keep updating the Weather MN blog as the forecast adjusts and becomes more defined. 

According to the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities, a similar storm system could move through parts of Minnesota again over the weekend. Otherwise, expect typical July weather with plenty of sunshine and highs in the 80s. 

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