Severe thunderstorm watch for southern Minnesota, multiple warnings already

Multiple storms have already reached severe levels.
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A look at the radar with multiple severe thunderstorm warnings around 3:45 p.m. Monday. 

A look at the radar with multiple severe thunderstorm warnings around 3:45 p.m. Monday. 

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the southern third of Minnesota as strong thunderstorms have developed and will now move across the area. 

Multiple severe thunderstorm warnings had been issued in southwestern Minnesota prior to the watch being issued at 3:15 p.m., and the watch will remain in effect until 8 p.m. 

The watch does not include the 7-county metro area, but it is just south of the Twin Cities area. 

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Storms that reach severe levels will be capable of producing 70 mph winds and isolated large hail to 1.5 inches in diameter. A tornado or two can't be ruled out, the National Weather Service says. 

The radar as of 3:45 p.m. is in the image at the top of the story, but this is how the HRRR model (GIF may not load in all browsers) predicts the storms playing out the rest of the day through early Tuesday. This is a simulation, so it doesn't reflect exactly what will unfold. 

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Storms will also be capable of producing frequent lightning and very heavy rain that could lead to flooding, possibly even flash flooding. A flash flood watch is in effect through the remainder of the day for much of southern Minnesota where 2-5 inches of rain has fallen since Sunday morning. 

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