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Storms could become severe late Friday, with flooding threat across southern Minnesota through the weekend

The greatest risk of severe weather is in southwest Minnesota.

The severe weather threat ramps up for parts of Minnesota as strong to severe storms are expected to develop late in the day Friday and bring a threat of large hail and possibly damaging winds. 

The wind threat is expected to be contained to far southwest Minnesota, but storms from the South Dakota border all the way to the Twin Cites are at risk for large hail. Even if storms don't reach severe levels as far east as the metro area, heavy rain could result in flooding. 

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Here's a closer look at the severe threat, brought to you by Pet Evolution

There's a level 2 slight risk for southwest Minnesota (there are five levels) and a level 1 marginal risk for most of southern Minnesota. On Saturday, a marginal risk continues for all of southern Minnesota. 


Friday's storms may not develop until after the dinner hours, with the bulk of the storms and heavy rain expected late Friday and overnight into Saturday. Here's the simulated future radar (may not load in some browsers). 


Saturday is going to be a wet day, especially in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, but the position of a warm front will be key in determining temperatures. According to the National Weather Service Twin cities office, temps north of the front will be in the 40s and 50s, with 70s and maybe even some 80s south of the front. 

The NWS believes the warm front will set up somewhere near the Minnesota River, so areas south of there could have a pretty warm day, which could set the stage or another round of strong to severe storms. We'll have to wait and see. 

Keep an eye out for possible watches and warnings Friday evening/night, and check the Weather MN blog again Saturday for an update on the storm potential. 

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