Tornado watch for Minnesota counties expires

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UPDATE: The tornado watch issued for multiple Minnesota counties Wednesday is no longer in effect.

The warning expired at 8 p.m.

There were multiple tornado warnings that were issued during the afternoon Wednesday for counties south of the Twin Cities. Those warnings have since expired.

A severe thunderstorm warning was also issued for the east metro, which has expired as well.

UPDATE: A tornado watch has been issued for several Minnesota and western Wisconsin counties Wednesday night.

The affected counties include: Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca and Winona counties. The affected Wisconsin counties are Buffalo, Pepin and Pierce.

The watches are in effect until 8 p.m.

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Showers and thunderstorms are quickly moving northeast through the metro Wednesday, which is expected to continue throughout the afternoon.

KSTP Meteorologist Sam Ryan says there is a chance for an isolated tornado Wednesday evening in parts of Minnesota from the south metro to the southeastern corner of the state. Some hail is also possible.

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Ryan says the greatest risk for that severe weather is between 3-7 p.m.

Meanwhile, northern Minnesota on a line from Brainerd to Duluth could see 3-8 inches of snow.

A wind advisory was issued for a handful of counties beginning Wednesday evening. See the full list of latest alerts here.