Severe storms could produce tornadoes, damaging winds today

There's also a slight chance of a snowstorm hitting the state by the end of the week.

While the forecast for this afternoon and tonight hasn't changed drastically, the Storm Prediction Center has slightly increased the tornado risk for southern Minnesota.

There's now a "slight" risk for the southeastern quadrant of the state, which is a risk of about 5 percent.

GoMN Radio severe weather specialist Kory Hartman, who runs Severe Studios, expects isolated thunderstorms to develop in southwestern Minnesota and then forming a broken line from Little Falls to Albert Lea and quickly advancing eastward.

Hartman says damaging winds are the main threats with any severe storms.

Tornadoes though are possible, especially in the I-90 corridor in southern Minnesota to around Mankato.

Read the original story from Monday morning below. 


Carrying on the recent trend of "weather you don't expect this time of year," temperatures in the mid-50s will likely be followed by thunderstorms Monday afternoon and evening in the Twin Cities.

The National Weather Service says there's a risk the Twin Cities will see some severe weather as a storm system makes its way across Minnesota.

According to its forecast discussion, the NWS says the storms will "fire rapidly" around the Redwood Falls area early afternoon before "racing northeast" towards the Twin Cities during the rest of the afternoon and early evening.

The main risk for those in its path will be from wind damage, with the weather service saying any of the storms heading this way "will have the potential to become supercells."

It also couldn't rule out the possibility of a few "weak" tornadoes, which could occur if "moisture and instability are maximized."

The windy weather will continue after the storm front passes, with wind gusts of up to 60 mph possible in western Minnesota moving east, and though they'll die down overnight the wind will get stronger on Tuesday across southern Minnesota.

Snow on the way?

It's by no means guaranteed, but Monday's storms and Tuesday's winds will make way for some colder weather for the rest of the week, which could mean some snow over the weekend.

There's a slight chance of snow arriving on Thursday but the NWS says its confidence in the possibility is low, though there's a separate snow system that could produce a "pretty significant snowstorm" across the Upper Midwest on Friday and Saturday.

Any snowbirds out there hoping for another dusting will have to wait and see, though; at the moment the NWS says the track of the system appears to be heading more towards Iowa and Illinois.

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