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Drive with caution: Streets flooding as heavy downpours hit Twin Cities

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Heavy downpours in the Twin Cities caused some localized flooding on city streets Tuesday, and rain is expected to continue through the evening.

Weather officials warned drivers to proceed with caution when there's ponding on the roads following reports of flash flooding on interstates and other roadways Tuesday.

Vehicles on Interstate 494 at Lyndale Avenue had to drive through water on the road, FOX 9's Kelsey Soby tweeted, and flooding was also reported on streets in Northeast Minneapolis.

The following photos were taken at Marshall Street Northeast and Lowry Avenue:

The heavy downpours came as somewhat of a surprise for many in the Twin Cities after the forecast showed the slow-moving storm cells would stay mostly to the south of the metro area Tuesday.

The rain is expected to move out of the area Tuesday night, ushering in what could be the warmest day of the year Wednesday.

The temperature is expected to reach 86 degrees in the Twin Cities Wednesday. The warmest day in the Twin Cities this year was April 1, when it reached 84 degrees, MPR News' Updraft blog says.

The chance for storms returns Thursday and Friday, but severe weather isn't expected, the National Weather Service notes.

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