Tornado watch until 10 pm Sunday includes south metro and SE Minnesota

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch valid until 10 p.m. this Sunday evening for the southern portion of the Twin Cities metro area (Scott County and Dakota County) and south-central and southeastern Minnesota:

Here are details of the tornado watch:


URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Tornado Watch Number 315 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 515 PM CDT Sun Jun 28 2020 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Tornado Watch for portions of Northeast Iowa Southeast Minnesota * Effective this Sunday afternoon and evening from 515 PM until 1000 PM CDT. * Primary threats include... A couple tornadoes possible Isolated damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible Isolated large hail events to 1.5 inches in diameter possible SUMMARY...A favorable environment exists across the region for a few supercells through the evening. A tornado or two could occur along with a damaging wind/severe hail risk. The tornado watch area is approximately along and 60 statute miles east and west of a line from 40 miles northeast of Mankato MN to 45 miles south southeast of Rochester MN. For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU5). PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... REMEMBER...A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. && OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 312...WW 313...WW 314... AVIATION...Tornadoes and a few severe thunderstorms with hail surface and aloft to 1.5 inches. Extreme turbulence and surface wind gusts to 60 knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to 550. Mean storm motion vector 24035.

Stay weather aware this evening. Strong to severe thunderstorms are also possible this evening in the remainder of the Twin Cities metro area plus southern and central Minnesota and portions of western Wisconsin.

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Update

The NWS added Pierce County and Pepin County of Wisconsin to the tornado watch shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday.

Around 7 p.m., the NWS cancelled the tornado watch for Scott County of the southwest metro as well as the following Minnesota counties: Freeborn, Le Sueur, Nicollet, Sibley, Steele and Waseca.

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