Update 6 p.m.: Weather Service says severe weather possible Tuesday night
Update 6 p.m.
Update 6 p.m.
West central Minnesota could experience some severe weather this evening.
The National Weather Service expects two thunderstorm complexes to develop this evening across central and southern Minnesota. There is a potential for severe weather across the southern half of the state through the night.
A few thunderstorms developed in extreme west central Minnesota earlier this afternoon.
The Weather Service has predicted that some thunderstorms could develop in the early evening in Pope, Stearns, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Chippewa counties.
The storms could bring brief, heavy downpours and intermittent cloud-to-ground lightning. Rainfall of three-quarters of an inch per hour could be seen, along with wind gusts up to 45 mph.
After midnight, strong storms are expected along the Iowa border, where large hail and damaging winds are expected.
A flash flood watch is in effect through Wednesday morning for far south central and southeastern Minnesota.
Update 10 a.m.
Much of west central Minnesota is included in a hazardous weather outlook issued today by the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities.
The Weather Service has warned that strong to severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and tonight as a low pressure front moves into southern Minnesota.
The counties included in the hazardous weather warning include Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Pope, Renville, Redwood, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties. Areas of the state south and east of the Tribune's readership area are also included.
Large hail and damaging winds are possible. Tornadoes are said to be possible across southern Minnesota, mainly south of a line from Granite Falls to St. Peter to Owatonna. Torrential rainfall is another possibility.
Looking ahead, the Weather Service report also predicts a chance for more thunderstorms from Friday into Saturday.