Ready for round 2? More severe weather could come Thursday


Apparently the severe weather decided to skip most of June, so it's all coming now.

As Minnesotans continue to clean up after Tuesday's storms, more thunderstorms are expected to hit western and south-central Minnesota late Wednesday, before spreading east across the state overnight, the National Weather Service says.

The greatest chance for widespread severe weather is Thursday – much of central and southern Minnesota is under an "enhanced risk" for severe storms (see map above), according to the Storm Prediction Center.

That means numerous storms are possible, including some that are more persistent and widespread.

To put it into perspective, much of Minnesota was also under an "enhanced risk" for severe weather on Tuesday – when thousands of people lost power, strong winds downed trees, and a few tornadoes were confirmed in the state, the National Weather Service's website shows.

Timing of the storms

The first bout of storms is expected to hit far southwestern Minnesota around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, according to WCCO meteorologist Kylie Bearse. The line will hit the Twin Cities around 4 a.m., but it'll clear up by the end of the morning commute, the news station says.

A few of the storms could be severe, primarily for far southern Minnesota. The biggest threats for this storm locally is heavy rainfall and flash flooding, the National Weather Service reports.

The second round of storms is expected Thursday afternoon through Friday, the National Weather Service says, with the possibility of severe storms.

The threats for this storm include damaging winds, large hail and flooding.

Nice weekend?

Meteorologist Paul Huttner wrote on MPR News' Updraft blog that high pressure is expected to build across Minnesota by Saturday, which could mean another sunny and mostly dry weekend.

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