Severe weather threat Wednesday, Thursday in parts of Minnesota

Tom Novak of Novak Weather has the breakdown of what to expect.
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A hot and humid Wednesday will set the stage for some strong storm development in the Dakotas and northwest Minnesota late in the day, with the next chance for strong storms impacting more of central Minnesota on Thursday. 

As you can see in the map at the top of the story, meteorologist Tom Novak of Novak Weather is closely monitoring the middle of the state from north to south for the potential of severe storms on Thursday, though he, along with the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction, all agree that the severe threat isn't extreme. 

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"The greatest relative risk may reside over portions of MN, where the most favorable wind profiles are expected," says the Storm Prediction Center. The Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service expects damaging winds and hail to be the main threats, with little chance for tornadoes. 

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Here's how the radar simulation evolves Wednesday through Thursday, according to the NAM computer model. 


It shows storms firing in the Dakotas late Wednesday and pushing into western Minnesota into the overnight hours Thursday morning, with redevelopment of storms firing in central Minnesota Thursday afternoon. 

Friday looks like the best day of the rest of the work week, as high temps will rise into the low-to-mid 80s with calm winds. Another storm system could impact Minnesota over the weekend. 

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