An area of low pressure moving across the Central Plains will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region both today and Thursday. Warm and moist air will create unstable conditions across parts of the Northern Plains, leading to a chance of isolated thunderstorms becoming severe around the area late this afternoon and evening. There will be another chance of isolated severe thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and evening, but this is highly dependent on the position of a cold front moving through the Northern Plains.
Parts of southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa, generally near and east of Luverne and Pipestone, and north of Orange City and Spencer, will have the greatest chance for severe thunderstorm development late this afternoon and evening. The main threats will be large hail to the size of golf balls, and wind gusts to 60 mph with any storms that do reach severe limits. The Thursday afternoon risk looks to be generally east of U. S. Highway 59 in southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa.
See the links below for additional information on the potential threat for severe weather across the region. Also below is a quick link to report any observed severe weather to the NWS office in Sioux Falls. This severe weather report link is also located on our home page on the left hand column under the current hazards menu.