Severe threat today includes slight risk of winds, hail, tornadoes


Here's a look at today's weather from BringMeTheNews' Jerrid Sebesta.

A "slight risk" of severe weather is expected across Minnesota later today. Strong winds, large hail, even isolated tornadoes are possible by tonight.

Temperatures are going to rise into the lower 80s this afternoon, slightly higher than the past few days. However, dew points will ramp-up by dinner time into the upper 60s as a warm front lifts north out of Iowa.

This will set the stage for showers and thunderstorms. Look for pockets of storms to develop in the mid to late afternoon hours across central Minnesota near I-94. Expect developing storms to track east into eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin by early evening.

The Twin Cities will carry the threat of thunderstorms starting in the afternoon. However, the best chance of strong storms appears to be from 5pm to 10pm.

Severe weather in September including tornadoes is a bit uncommon, but certainly not unprecedented. On average, Minnesota experiences about 27 twisters per year. Statistically speaking, 1.2 tornadoes happen during the month of September.

One of the most notable September tornadoes in recent years was the Rogers twister in 2006. A fast-moving complex of severe storms ripped through the northwest metro late in the evening of September 16th. The storms unsuspectingly dropped a brief but powerful tornado damaging several homes in Rogers and tragically killing one person.

For weather updates throughout the day, follow Jerrid Sebesta on Facebook and Twitter (@jerridsebesta).

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