Minnesotans need to be weather-aware Friday as severe storms are expected to develop and race across the state during the afternoon and evening hours.
Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard says it's a "pretty good bet that we are going to see some pretty large hailstones" in parts of central Minnesota. He said the maximum hail size could be 2-4 inches in diameter, so anything the size of golf balls or larger. The best chance for extreme hail is west of the metro.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of the state in an enhanced risk for severe storms, with tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds all possible. The Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service expects storms to develop early this afternoon and march to the east, possibly reaching the metro area between 6-8 p.m.
Storms that can remain isolated as supercells will pose the greatest risk of producing tornadoes, which would be most likely in west-central and northwestern Minnesota, according to the Storm Prediction Center. However, as storms congeal into a line they will transition mostly to a damaging wind threat, though isolated tornadoes will remain possible within the line.
Here's the simulated future radar from the HRRR model. It shows this morning's storms in central Minnesota falling apart before more storms explode and move to the east.
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