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Storms could bring severe weather to Minnesota on Friday

There's a slight risk of severe storms in western and southern Minnesota.

Not many changes to the severe weather threat that exists on Friday as the weather service still has a slight risk in place for western and southern Minnesota. 

Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop Friday afternoon in eastern South Dakota and then slide east into Minnesota. Large hail, damaging winds and a tornado or two can't be ruled out. 


Storms will likely weaken below severe levels by the time they reach eastern Minnesota, although the Storm Prediction Center does have the Twin Cities under a marginal risk for  a rogue severe storm or two. 

Meanwhile, thunderstorms Thursday morning are ongoing in eastern South Dakota and will work their way into western Minnesota before midday. Many of the storms will decay, but the HRRR model (may not load in all browsers) suggests that they could stick around and bring some precipitation to the metro area during the afternoon and evening hours. 

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The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities notes in its forecast discussion that the showers and thunderstorms should mostly dissipate by the time they reach Interstate 35, so rain chances Thursday are only in the 30-40% range in the Twin Cities. 

Another round of showers and storms is possible on Saturday, although cloud cover could limit the strength of storms that develop. 

Beyond Saturday, things start to warm up in Minnesota as temperatures could surge into the 80s, possible even the 90s next week. The heat is expected to begin ramping up Tuesday and then surges into the mid to upper 80s Wednesday through Friday. 

The end of June and the beginning of July could bring a more Minnesota-like storm pattern where lines of storms with frequent lightning and loud, rumbling thunder roll through the state, often times in the middle of the night. 

It's been a very quiet storm season so far, but the pattern looks to be changing as we go through the next couple of weeks. 

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