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NWS: 'Multiple hazards, ranging from accumulating snow to tornadoes' in MN

"Multiple hazards, ranging from accumulating snow to tornadoes," the NWS says.

A rainy Wednesday morning in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota is the first element of a wild weather day in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. 

As the day progresses, a shield of moderate to heavy snow is expected to develop in central and northern parts of the state, leading to accumulations of 3+ inches for many, including enough to warrant a winter storm warning in Duluth and the Northland. 

Further south, a second round of showers and storms may develop Wednesday afternoon, with the Storm Prediction Center issuing a marginal risk for severe weather. 

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"A second round of thunderstorms may develop across this region this afternoon and evening. A couple of these storms may be severe with high winds and hail. A tornado also cannot be ruled out," says the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service.

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The forecast discussion from the NWS Twin Cities clarifies the severe threat further: "The best chance for this will be east of a line from St. James to the Twin Cities and Rice Lake." 

The warmer temps get, the more instability for strong storms there will be, the NWS noted. 

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If a tornado does occur, it won't be the earliest in state history. That happened on Mar. 6, 2017 when three tornadoes touched down in Freeborn, Sherburne and Faribault counties. 

Meanwhile, a stripe of snow will cover the ground and pile up in some places on an east-northeast gradient from near the South Dakota-North Dakota border up through the Arrowhead of Minnesota. Totals up to six inches could be common in Morris, Alexandria, Brainerd, Grand Rapids and Duluth. 

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Here's the simulated future radar from the 7 a.m. update of the HRRR model, which does show a second round of storms in southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, this afternoon. 

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For more on what to expect Wednesday, here's Novak Weather's video briefing. 

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