Scattered feisty thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon

Local downpours, gusty winds and hail possible

Keep an eye on the sky and an ear to MPR News Tuesday afternoon and evening.

The atmosphere is unstable enough to support scattered thunderstorm development Tuesday. The most likely window for storms favors the hours between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. There is enough moisture and instability to support a few marginally severe storms packing strong winds and hail from the Twin Cities south and east.

Severe risk today
Severe risk today
Twin Cities National Weather Service

NOAA’s HRRR model shows localized storm cells popping up and moving southeast between the hours of 3 and 10 pm today.

NOAA HRRR model this afternoon and evening
NOAA HRRR model this afternoon and evening
NOAA via tropical tidbits

Cooler breezes

You’ll notice cooler and drier breezes late Tuesday into Wednesday. A cool front ushers in a less humid air mass through Thursday. Highs in the 70s and dew points in the 50s will feel comfortable. Highs in the 80s and scattered storms return late Friday into Saturday.

NOAA temperature forecast for Minneapolis
NOAA temperature forecast for Minneapolis
NOAA via Weather Bell

Right now Sunday looks like the better day this weekend. And, of course, Monday looks gorgeous.

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