Update (1:20 p.m.) – Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for Dodge, Olmsted, Wabasha, and Winona counties until 2 p.m.
Update (12:45 p.m.) – A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Fillmore and Mower counties until 1:45 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thursday is a Next Weather Alert day due to storms that are on track to fire in south-central and southeastern Minnesota in the afternoon and evening.
As of midday Thursday, a severe thunderstorm is pushing through the southern edge of Minnesota, producing golf ball-to-tennis ball size hail. The storm, which will stay south of Interstate 90, is moving to the east.
After a quiet period in the afternoon, the threat for severe weather picks up again around 3 p.m., with the highest chance for storms between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The threat should subside by 10 p.m., WCCO Next Weather Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak says.
There is an enhanced risk for severe storms in the south and southeast portions of the state, with mainly damaging hail followed by possible wind damage. A tornado can’t be ruled out.
The Twin Cities metro area is in a slight severe weather risk.
After 3 p.m., some isolated supercell thunderstorms that could produce destructive weather will move through southeastern Minnesota. There’s a chance those storms could impact areas southeast of the Twin Cities around 7 p.m.
At the same time, another thunderstorm scenario could play out in Alexandria.
Then after 9 p.m., the fuel for the storms will run out, and widespread rain will move through the rest of central Minnesota.
Thursday’s high in the metro will reach into the 70s, but Friday’s high will be about 10 degrees cooler, and Saturday will be about 10 degrees cooler than that, with some isolated showers possible. The weekend will be cool indeed, with highs stalling in the 50s. Some areas of the state could even see patchy frost early on Sunday.
The extended forecast doesn’t feature a major warm-up, with temperatures expected to remain below average for this time of year.
Source: CBS Minnesota