Watch out for rain and storms Monday – possibly severe

Large hail and damaging winds are possible, especially in southeastern Minnesota.

After a relatively long stretch of quiet weather, parts of Minnesota are under a threat of severe storms Monday afternoon and night.

The National Weather Service has forecast an enhanced risk for severe weather in southern and southeastern Minnesota. There's also a slight risk from the southwest corner of the state up through the Twin Cities and west-central Wisconsin.

What does that mean? Rain and storms are likely (40-70 percent, by the Weather Service's count), and if you'e in these areas, there's also a chance it would turn severe.

Which areas have the highest risk?

"A complex of thunderstorms will move quickly across the southern half of the state this afternoon," says Go Radio Meteorologist Mace Michaels. "Strong winds are the biggest risk with this line. After the first wave exits, more storms will develop in southern Minnesota this evening that may produce isolated tornadoes and large hail."

Large hail and damaging winds are the main threats, although an isolated tornado can't be ruled out.

Areas in the greatest risk area (orange color on the map below) include Mankato, Owatonna, Albert Lea, Red Wing and Rochester.

Of course severe weather isn't a 100 percent certainty. But expect rain at the very least, and know there's a decent chance things could become more severe.

In terms of timing, KARE's Jeff Edmondson says storms will roll through the Twin Cities around 2 p.m.

Severe storms are possible again Tuesday in many of the same parts of Minnesota, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

In addition to the severe threat Monday, the rest of the week could be an all-out soaker: 1-3 inches of rain are possible in much of Minnesota, with 4-6 inches in and around the Twin Cities metro area.

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