Updated 5 p.m.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch until 10 p.m. for a large part of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.
A warm front across the Minnesota-Iowa border will be the focus for severe storms that will likely produce large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes through Thursday evening.
A severe thunderstorm watch has also been posted for the greater Twin Cities region and parts of western Wisconsin until 10 p.m.
A late afternoon burst dropped hail across the Twin Cities:
Get up-to-the-minute updates on the MPR News severe weather live blog.
Tornado Watch Number 245 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
310 PM CDT Thu May 19 2022
The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a
* Tornado Watch for portions of North Central Iowa Southern Minnesota Southwest Wisconsin
* Effective this Thursday afternoon and evening from 310 PM until 1000 PM CDT.
* Primary threats include... A couple tornadoes possible Scattered large hail and isolated very large hail events to 2.5 inches in diameter likely Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph likely
SUMMARY...Thunderstorms are expected to intensify this afternoon along a surface warm front. A few supercells are expected, capable of very large hail and a few tornadoes. The tornado watch area is approximately along and 45 statute miles north and south of a line from 30 miles west northwest of Fairmont MN to 60 miles east of Rochester MN.
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. &&
AVIATION...Tornadoes and a few severe thunderstorms with hail surface and aloft to 2.5 inches. Extreme turbulence and surface wind gusts to 60 knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to 500. Mean storm motion vector 24035.
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