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Hazardous weather outlook issued for western Minnesota today

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for western Minnesota this afternoon and evening.

Counties affected include Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Stearns, Swift and Yellow Medicine.

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A strong area of low pressure is moving across the western Dakotas, sending a cold front into western Minnesota and producing widespread severe weather by late this afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, the main threats are damaging straight-line winds, hail and possible tornadoes.

The most severe storms are likely to occur north and west of a line from Redwood Falls through Litchfield and St. Cloud and north to Lake Mille Lacs. Isolated tornadoes are possible to the south and east.

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