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Rare severe storms in December possible in Minnesota; high wind warning for Twin Cities

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Not only will the Twin Cities, Mankato, Rochester and most of southern Minnesota have a chance at severe storms, including tornadoes, on Wednesday, there will also be incredibly strong non-thunderstorm wind gusts to deal with. 

A high wind warning has been issued for most of southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metro area. According to the NWS, high winds could gust up to 60 mph between 3 p.m. Wednesday and 3 a.m. Thursday. 

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Winds could gust up to 70 mph in Iowa, while far southeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin could have 65 mph non-thunderstorm gusts.

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In today's update from Novak Weather (video at the top of the story), the focus is on: 

  • The impressive storm that will explode over MN tomorrow separating strong T'Storms & record high temps from accumulating SNOW.
  • The potential for severe weather over so. MN tomorrow. Never seen that before in mid-DEC.
  • Cool down expected later this week & into the weekend.

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What's crazy is that Wednesday's tornado threat covers an area of Minnesota that is currently covered in snow. 

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