LATEST UPDATES: Severe weather is rolling into Minnesota, so here are the latest weather alerts:
Thunderstorms and heavy rain are still firing across a band in central Minnesota:
As the tornado-warned storm cell subsides, the National Weather Services is issuing a severe thunderstorm watch for Morrison, Pope, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens and Todd Counties until 11:00 p.m.
Watch Chris Shaffer’s full, on-air coverage of the tornado warning in the southwest Metro:
7:52 p.m. Weather Report
8:01 p.m. Weather Report
8:06 p.m. Weather Report
A tornado warning is in effect for the southwest Metro area until 8:15 p.m.:
WCCO Meteorologist Chris Shaffer says the warning is issued due to radar-indicated rotation in a storm cell. Shaffer says hail and cloud-to-ground lightning strikes are likely.
Anyone in the affected area should take cover immediately.
The most recent data from radar shows the storm weakening as it heads southeast
As the first round of storms hits the Twin Cities, hail is being reported further west.
A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Renville County until 5:45 p.m. and in Lincoln, Lyon and Pipestone Counties until 5:30 p.m.
Tornado warning issued for Lincoln County until 4:45 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for most of central and southern Minnesota. The Twin Cities metro is also included.
The counties affected are: Anoka, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Dakota, Hennepin, Kandiyohi, Lac qui parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mcleod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Pipestone, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Scott, Sibley, Swift, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wright and Yellow Medicine.
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of Minnesota until 11 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/GyhQ4R2JAs
— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) July 25, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After a round of showers and storms pass through Minnesota Tuesday morning, more storms — with severe weather possible — are expected later in the evening.
A pocket of storms, some with heavy rain, passed through the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota Tuesday morning.
Much of the day will be rain-free after the early rounds. However, it will be muggy and hot.
“Our dew points, especially in west-central Minnesota, have a chance to get into the mid- if not upper-70s this afternoon, which we only see a couple times a summer,” meteorologist Matt Brickman said. “This is tropical humidity.”
That means parts of west-central Minnesota will feel like 100 to 105 degrees. A heat advisory has been issued for this area.
By early evening, storms flare back up across central and southern Minnesota, with the storm expected to reach the Twin Cities late tonight.
There’s a slight chance of severe storms in the Twin Cities area, with stronger chance of severe weather in western Minnesota. Large hail, wind damage and tornadoes are possible.
Storms continue into the day Wednesday, but most of that will dry out by the afternoon.
Highs in the low-80s are expected for the rest of the week.