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Severe storms possible overnight in central Minnesota

It could be a bumpy night for Minnesotans.


The Twin Cities is included in a severe thunderstorm watch this morning as a line of storms is blasting southeastward through parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The line will either clip the east suburbs of the metro area, or develop further to the west and give the entire metro some robust morning thunderstorm action. None of the storms at the time of this post are severe.


Here's a look at the radar as of 7 a.m., showing a bowing line of storms racing to the southeast.

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It's possible that more storms fire west of the metro later this afternoon. Those could also pose a threat of damaging winds and large hail.

We'll have more on the Weather MN blog later today. 


Big storms exploding in North Dakota will race across the border and pose the threat of producing large hail and damaging winds late Saturday night into Sunday morning. 

The Twin Cities has a slight chance of getting clipped by the storms once they begin diving to the southeast, as shown in the HRRR model's simulated future radar (may not load in all browsers). It shows storms moving due east until reaching central Minnesota, at which point they begin a southeasterly direction into east-central Minnesota and western Wisconsin. 

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It's a fairly safe bet that storms won't reach eastern Minnesota until after sunrise, but they could be blasting through central parts of the state in the middle of the night. 

The Storm Prediction Center has placed parts of western Minnesota in an enhanced risk for severe storms. Enhanced is level 3 on the 5-level severe scale, so it's a pretty legit threat for parts of the state east and a bit south/southeast of Grand Forks and Fargo.

The slight risk (level 2) extends to just west of Duluth, and on the edge of the northwest Twin Cities metro area.  

Areas in orange have the highest chance of getting severe weather. 

Areas in orange have the highest chance of getting severe weather. 

Storm chances will continue for parts of southern Minnesota on Sunday, with the threat focused further south. The Twin Cities is already under a slight risk for Sunday, and that threat could be upped to enhanced if conditions prove favorable. 

The slight risk for severe weather on Sunday includes the Twin Cities.

The slight risk for severe weather on Sunday includes the Twin Cities.

It'll also be extremely hot on Sunday, with temps in the middle 90s possible and high humidity and dewpoints making it feel like it's 105 degrees outside. 

The front generating the storms is expected to stall out and bring a return threat for strong storms across southern Minnesota on Monday. 

We'll refresh the Weather MN blog Sunday morning, so check back for a more detailed update on Sunday's severe threat. 

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