Strong to severe storms pushing through Minnesota, could impact Twin Cities

Storms in southwestern Minnesota could be especially intense.
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A line of strong and some severe thunderstorms is marching across Minnesota and could impact the Twin Cities metro area late Saturday night, possibly before midnight. 

As of 9 p.m., a line of storms was moving east towards Brainerd, Little Falls and Willmar, with the line extending further southwest into eastern South Dakota. The entire line will continue to move east at approximately 30 mph and if it holds together will impact the metro area by midnight. 

A look at the radar as of 9 p.m. Saturday. 

A look at the radar as of 9 p.m. Saturday. 

It remains to be seen if the storms in central Minnesota will remain as intense or decrease in intensity by the time they reach the Twin Cities, but the storms currently in eastern South Dakota are more robust and will likely continue to present a damaging wind threat as they enter southwestern Minnesota. 

Here's a look at the latest simulated future radar from the HRRR model. It suggests that the storms nearing the Twin Cities will lose some intensity while the storms in southwest Minnesota will remain quite intense. 

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If the computer model is accurate, it would mean the Twin Cities avoids strong storms until after midnight, with storms coming before sunrise. Either way, strong storms are possible. 

Areas within striking distance of these storms should remain alert through the overnight hours as storms could produce damaging winds and isolated large hail through the early morning hours. 

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