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Severe thunderstorm watch issued Friday night for central Minnesota

The watch expires at 1 a.m.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued until 1 a.m. Saturday across central Minnesota, and it includes Minneapolis and St. Paul on the bottom fringe of the watch area. 

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Storms in west-central Minnesota are expected to congeal into a line and and track east-southeastward across the rest of central Minnesota into northwest Wisconsin by late evening. 

Storms will pose an early risk of severe hail – the size of limes possibly – and potential for an isolated tornado. Once they congeal into an organized line, the primary severe threat will be strong winds. 

Here's the simulated future radar from the HRRR model. Based on the simulation they could threaten the northern metro between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. 

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