Severe thunderstorm watch, warning expires for some western and central Minnesota counties

A severe thunderstorm watch has since expired for western and central Minnesota counties on Saturday. A severe thunderstorm warning is also expired for some counties as well.

The following counties were under the thunderstorm watch Saturday morning: Stearns, Morrison, Todd, Otter Tail, Wilkin, Traverse, Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine, Renville, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Grant and Wadena.

Northeastern South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota were also under the thunderstorm watch.

A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for Douglas, Pope, Swift and Stevens counties until 10:45 a.m. The National Weather Service says this storm could contain golf ball-sized hail.

Rain is expected to move into the Twin Cities later Saturday. Scattered to severe thunderstorms will make its way into the metro after 4 p.m., according to KSTP meteorologist Wren Clair.

The NWS says there is a slight risk of excessive rainfall Saturday. The main threat of the storms passing through includes damaging winds, but large hail and tornadoes are also possible.