Several days of warm weather has created an unstable atmosphere across the Northland. Early this evening, a front was located from eastern North Dakota through northern Minnesota into northern Upper Michigan. An upper level disturbance will move along the front tonight and Friday, moving the boundary south across Minnesota. With the warm and unstable airmass ahead of the front, strong thunderstorms are expected tonight. Hail larger than 1" in diameter, wind gusts of greater than 60 mph, and heavy rainfall are the greatest threats. A tornado can't be ruled out, especially over central and western Minnesota.
If you have outdoor plans this evening, please monitor the weather and latest forecasts. Below are some graphics that you can use to brief yourself on the storms:
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Please keep in mind that the HPC Precipitation forecast is intended to forecast an average over an area, and rainfall totals are likely to be higher in areas that see heavier thunderstorms. Below are links to the latest outlooks from the Storm Prediction Center:
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