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Weather service monitoring potential severe threat Friday in parts of Minnesota

It's been a pretty quiet June in terms of severe weather.

A gorgeous Tuesday will be followed by a beautiful Wednesday and decent Thursday before the weather turns stormy late Thursday and Friday. 

Storms that fire up in South Dakota on Wednesday might hold together overnight to bring some cracks of thunder and lightning to western Minnesota Thursday morning before they eventually decay and lead to a pretty nice day. 

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Friday is when the storm threat ramps up, with the Storm Prediction Center already putting parts of Minnesota in a slight risk for severe weather. 

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It's a Day 3 outlook, so refinements to where the severe threat will be greatest will be adjusted over the next 48-72 hours, but there's still no guarantee Minnesota gets severe weather. 

This is essentially the weather service essentially saying: "Heads up in Minnesota. Storms could be coming Friday." 

The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities believes there are plenty of limiting factors potentially in play Friday, including intense lines of thunderstorms south of Minnesota that could essentially steal all of the energy and limit instability, both of which are necessary ingredients for severe storms. 

If storms do reach severe levels in Minnesota, all hazards could be possible, including hail, damaging winds and possibly tornadoes. 

Check back Thursday and Friday for updated Weather MN blog posts.

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