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Thunderstorms are forecast for Tuesday evening, followed by high wind gusts of 45-55 mph Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms are expected Tuesday night. Some storms may be strong with gusty winds and small hail. ... Much of central and southern Minnesota can expect wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph Wednesday night into Thursday night.

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There is a probability of wind gust 45 to 55 mph Wednesday evening into Thursday for west central Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service.
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CHANHASSEN — A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday for 24 counties in Minnesota, including Chippewa, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Renville, Redwood and Yellow Medicine counties in west central Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected Tuesday night. Some storms may be strong with gusty winds and small hail. Widespread severe weather is not expected Tuesday night, according to the weather service.

Much of central and southern Minnesota can expect wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph Wednesday night into Thursday night. Wind gusts up to 40 mph are also possible Wednesday and Friday.

Scatters snow shows still will be possible on Thursday, with occasional
bouts of low visibility resulting from the falling and blowing snow.

High winds of 25 to 40 mph, with wind gusts up to 60 mph are forecast for Big Stone and Traverse counties in west central Minnesota, including the cities of Wheaton and Ortonville, and westward into South Dakota, as far as Mobridge and Pierre, according to the weather service in Aberdeen, S.D. The South Dakota high wind warning runs from 7 a.m. Wednesday until 1 a.m. Friday.

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Much of North Dakota remains under a blizzard warning in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday. Heavy snow and blizzard conditions are expected, with accumulations between 12 and 24 inches, with locally higher amounts up to 30 inches possible. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph. Travel should be restricted in North Dakota to emergencies only.

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