Storms could bring tornadoes, high winds and hail Saturday


Keep an eye on the forecast – severe storms could roll through Minnesota tomorrow.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of Minnesota in a "slight" risk for severe weather on Saturday, and the Twin Cities chapter of the National Weather Service is discussing a potentially very active day of storms.

The "best chance for activity will be from north central and northeast Minnesota into western Wisconsin," according to the forecast discussion from the service, although that could change with updated forecasts.

It's only a forecast, so take it with something of a grain of salt. But meteorologists are comparing the incoming storm system to one from July 14, 2010, which produced "several tornadoes" from Northfield into west central Wisconsin.

There's also some concern that Saturday's weather might have the chance to resemble the worst tornado outbreak in Minnesota history, which happened June 17, 2010 when 48 tornadoes touched down.

Go Media meteorologist Mace Michaels says things are coming together in a way that's similar to that extreme day in 2010, and there will "likely" be some tornadoes. However, Michaels says certain factors will "decrease the tornado coverage and sustainability."

In other words, there shouldn't be as many tornadoes as there were in 2010 and they probably won't be as long-lived.

Severe Studios owner Kory Hartman, who was chasing storms for The Weather Channel earlier this week, said forecast details are evolving, but as of Friday, the area of the most concern is in southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

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