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Showers and thunderstorms spread across much of Minn. and parts of Wis. Saturday night

Some severe thunderstorms are possible

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Showers and thunderstorms are expected to spread across much of Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin as we go through Saturday evening and the overnight hours of Saturday night.  A few severe thunderstorms will be possible.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center shows an enhanced risk of severe weather Saturday evening and overnight Saturday night for several counties in southwestern Minnesota, with a slight risk of severe weather from west-central Minnesota through southeastern Minnesota.  Portions of the Twin Cities metro area are included in the slight risk category Saturday night.  Here’s a look at the risk areas and the timing of the severe risk, from the Twin Cities NWS office:

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Severe weather outlook Saturday evening and overnight Saturday night
NWS Storm Prediction Center/Twin Cities NWS

“Tonight” in the graphic refers to Saturday evening through the overnight hours of Saturday night, ending at 7a.m. on Sunday.  The thunderstorms may hold off until after midnight Saturday night in the Twin Cities metro area, but check updated forecasts.

Enhanced risk risk means that numerous severe thunderstorms are possible, while slight risk means that scattered severe thunderstorms are possible:

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Severe weather risk categories
NWS Storm Prediction Center

Severe weather watches may be issued by the NWS Storm Prediction Center for parts of Minnesota and western Wisconsin Saturday evening and overnight Saturday night.

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Saturday evening update

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch that continues until 1 a.m. on Sunday for portions of west-central and southwestern Minnesota:

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Make sure that you have a way to receive severe weather warnings Saturday evening and overnight Saturday night. Some sources of watches and warnings are MPR News, NOAA weather radio, and phone apps.

Updates

As always, updated weather information can be heard on the Minnesota Public Radio Network, and you’ll also see updated weather info on the MPR News live weather blog.

You can see the recent local NWS radar loop here. The northwestern Minnesota radar loop and the northeastern Minnesota radar loop are also available.  The recent radar loop for southwestern Minnesota can be found here, and the southeastern Minnesota loop here.

Sunday and Monday

Scattered showers/t-storms will still be possible a couple of hours past sunrise on Sunday in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.  A few showers/t-storms could linger into late morning in parts of northeastern Minnesota.

Sunday highs will be mainly in the 70s:

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Sunday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Several spots will reach the lower 80s on Monday:

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Monday forecast highs
National Weather Service

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to reach around 84 on Tuesday, followed by upper 70s Wednesday and Thursday and lower 80s on Friday.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:49 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:35 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.