Severe weather threat for parts of Minnesota Thursday night - KMSP-TV

Severe weather threat for parts of Minnesota Thursday night

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This mini heat wave will soon end, unfortunately with the possibility of severe weather. The heat and humidity has been building for days. Now, we turn our attention to a cold front that will usher in some much cooler and direr air, but also usher in a chance of strong to severe storms.

Here is the latest Storm Prediction Center severe weather outlook, updated just before noon Thursday.

There is now a Moderate Risk of severe storms across Northeastern and East central Minnesota. Here is a close up of the SPC map for tonight into Friday with the slight risk highlighted in yellow and the moderate risk highlighted in red. As you can see the slight risk now includes much of the metro and the moderate risk is not far behind, extending into parts of northeastern and north central MN.


Below are the probabilities maps for large hail and damaging winds.

In the wind probabilities map below, the best chance to see damaging winds, in excess of 58 mph, can be found just to the north of the metro loop into east central and northeastern MN.

The below map shows the probability of large hail, 1" or larger, from the metro into northeastern MN. The black hash mark area is the best chance area of seeing large hail, damaging winds or an isolated tornado.


Ahead of the cold front, storms are expected to fire in a line that will extend form northern Minnesota to the Dakotas. This line will moved quickly across the state as we get closer to midnight. Here is a future radar image of the forecasted position of the storms ahead of that front at roughly 9 PM Thursday night.

As you can, the line of storms will still be off to the Northwest of the metro. You will most likely start hearing the thunder and lightning as we get past midnight.  The front is expected to come through Friday morning, ushering in cooler and drier air during the day on Friday and shifting the threat of severe weather well into central Wisconsin. For the latest on our severe weather chances, tune into FOX @ 5,9, and 10 tonight and the FOX 9 morning news starting at 4:30 Friday morning. Frazier

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