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The Twin Cities metro area along with Rochester and far eastern portions of Minnesota – and a larger area of Wisconsin – have been placed in a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. Tuesday. 

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According to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center, severe storms could produce scattered large hail, some hailstones up to 2 inches in diameter, along with scattered damaging winds up to 70 mph. 

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"Thunderstorms are building westward along a cold front across parts of northern Wisconsin and central Minnesota. These storms will track southeastward across the watch area this afternoon and evening, posing a risk of large hail and locally damaging wind gusts," the Storm Prediction Center said. 

As of 2 p.m. the storms in Wisconsin were already severe and the line extending into Minnesota appeared to be strengthening as they moved southeast. 

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Here's the full forecast from today with meteorologist Sven Sundgaard. 

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