While a storm or two could flare up in parts of central and northern Minnesota on Thursday, the National Weather Service is closely monitoring what it says could be a "dangerous" Friday night and Saturday in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
"A line of severe storms is expected to move across MN Friday night, with extensive damaging winds possible," says the Twin Cities office of the NWS. That will be followed by a brutally hot Saturday, where excessive heat warnings are possible as the "feels like" temperature outside could exceed 100 degrees in parts of Minnesota.
The Storm Prediction Center already has a sizable area of Minnesota under the gun for potentially significant damaging winds Friday night into Saturday morning. An area of enhanced risk (level 3 of 5 on the severe scale) exists in northwestern and central Minnesota, with a slight risk all the way into the Twin Cities.
"There is potential for a significant damaging wind event to impact central and possibly parts of southern Minnesota Friday night. Given the overnight timing of the storms, make sure you have a means of receiving weather alerts while you are sleeping," the weather service warns.
"Another round of severe storms will be possible Saturday afternoon into the evening," the NWS said. Here's where the SPC has outlined for that round of storms going severe:
The SPC's Day 3 outlook reads: "Damaging wind appears to be the main threat with this activity, but hail and a couple tornadoes would also be possible with any discrete cells."
Brutally hot Saturday in Minnesota
How hot? Air temps rising into the low to mid 90s with dewpoints surging into the 70s (maybe even 80!) could push the heat index into the 100s. In fact, the current forecast calls for a heat index of 105 in the Twin Cities. These numbers could be knocked down if storms Saturday morning linger longer than expected and keep a heavy cloud deck overhead, but this is what the NWS is thinking now.