Severe thunderstorm warning in effect in parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin

Severe weather alerts are in effect in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Tuesday afternoon.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), strong wind gusts and hail are hazards.

Meteorologist Matt Serwe reported a higher severe weather potential is closer to the Iowa border, however, the metro area could see hail, strong winds and some storms.

Parts of Minnesota were expected to see an enhanced risk for severe weather throughout the day Tuesday and into the evening hours.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has modified its severe weather outlook for Tuesday since its original outlook was posted earlier in the day.

An “Enhanced” risk area has moved north and now covers Mankato, as well as areas to the west, and Owatonna to the east.

The SPC’s original Tuesday morning outlook had the southern part of the state seeing the “Enhanced” level. In addition, areas including Owatonna north to the Twin Cities were listed at a “Slight” level, while areas north of the metro to St. Cloud, as well as to the west in Willmar and Montevideo were at a “Marginal” risk.

The National Weather Service says large hail and tornadoes will be possible throughout the evening, with thunderstorms being most likely between 6 p.m. and midnight.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Chief Meteorologist Ken Barlow stated Tuesday morning clouds would thicken throughout the day, and showers could appear as soon as the lunch hour, and would continue into the evening.

Barlow adds that the biggest threat for severe weather is south of the metro, but an isolated severe thunderstorm may move through the Twin Cities area Tuesday evening.

A round of showers began moving closer to the Twin Cities area around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas says storms will begin moving into the Mankato, Owatonna and Rochester areas between 5-7 p.m.

Storms are then expected to move north and be near Red Wing, New Prague and Glencoe between 7-10 p.m.

The system will move into the Twin Cities metro area between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m.

Stay with meteorologists Jonathan Yuhas, Matt Serwe and Ken Barlow throughout the evening and the overnight hours for the latest updates.

Make sure to have a plan in case severe weather heads in your direction. You can find a Severe Weather Guide by CLICKING HERE.

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