Minnesota Weather: More Severe Storms, Sweltering Heat On The Way – WCCO

UPDATE (2 pm): The tornado warning for parts of Martin and Watonwan counties has expired. Still, much of southwestern Minnesota is under a tornado watch until 9 pm

Severe storms are expected to move over southwestern Minnesota in the coming hours, and threaten to produce tornadoes, large hail, and damaging wind gusts up to 75 mph.

As the storms move northeast through the afternoon, they’ll arrive in the Twin Cities metro around the time of the evening commute. While the storm is expected to weaken into the night, they could still bring hail, damaging winds and heavy rain.

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UPDATE (1:51 pm): WCCO Director of Meteorology Mike Augustyniak says that while the tornado warning continues for parts of Martin and Watonwan counties, the radar presentation was not remarkable with this cell.

Still, the warning was issued by the National Weather Service Twin Cities received a photo from a storm chaser showing the cell producing a wall cloud.

The warning is still set to expire at 2 pm

UPDATE (1:33 pm): A tornado warning is in effect for parts of Martin and Watonwan counties until 2 pm

Forecasters say radar indicated rotation and a possible tornado. The swirling storm cell is moving northeast, toward the cities of Trimont, Ormsby and Truman.

The storm is also capable of producing quarter-sized hail, weather officials say. Residents in the area are advised to seek shelter indoors.

UPDATE (1:15 pm): The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch Wednesday for several counties in southwestern Minnesota.

According to forecasters, the watch is set to last until 9 pm It includes Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Waseca, and Watonwan counties.

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Storms expected to move over the area in the coming hours could produce tornadoes, large hail, and damaging wind gusts up to 75 mph.

Small cells also triggered severe thunderstorms in parts of south-central Minnesota over the last hour.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Prepare for back-to-back Next Weather Alert days, as severe storms could produce tornadoes possible Wednesday and Thursday. There’s also extreme heat in the forecast.

Two batches of thunderstorms are making their way through the state; one system covering Brainerd through the west metro is moving to the northwest. A severe thunderstorm warning for Carver, McLeod, and Wright Counties says there’s potential for quarter-sized hail to drop until 1 pm The Marshall area is also under a severe thunderstorm warning with a threat to golf ball-sized hail.

Thunderstorms could roll through the metro around 8 pm, bringing damaging winds.

A warm front is going to lift throughout the day, which will bring in heat and humidity. Temperatures and the dew point will rise as the day rolls on, with the high in the Twin Cities forecasted at 83 degrees. It’ll be a few degrees warmer to the south, and central and northern Minnesota will top out in the 70s.

Next Weather Alert: Hail, Damaging Winds & Possible Tornadoes

The WCCO weather team said storms will develop in southwestern Minnesota between 3 and 4 pm, then move northeast across the state. The southwest is under an enhanced risk of severe weather, and that is where the tornado threat is greatest.

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As the storm system moves northeast, the threat will turn to heavy rain and large hail. The system should arrive in the Twin Cities around 5 pm, then move into northern Wisconsin later in the night.

Flooding is also possible overnight.

We’ll take a little breather Thursday morning, then another round of severe weather is possible starting in the afternoon. The greatest storm threat will be from west-central to northern Minnesota.

Thursday will be flat-out hot and humid, with a high of 90 in the metro. It will also be a very windy day. Fridays, and it should be calm and humidity-free fishing opener weekends, with temps in the 70s.

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