Thunderstorms ignited overnight in southwest Minnesota and spread east northeast into the southern Twin Cities Metro. This batch of storms is currently losing punch in our area and moving through central Wisconsin.
Another very warm and humid day is on tap. Be sky aware and monitor for possible watches and warnings this afternoon and evening.
The Storm Predicition Center has outlined a rather broad area of the state with potential for damaging winds, exceeding 60 mph in the next 18 hours.
Scan for clues in the sky of darkening and advancing clouds, along with lightning and thunder. Those observations tend to give a headsup that dangerous weather may be in the vicinty.
Posted at 6:29 PM on July 10, 2011
by Craig Edwards
Update at 630PM CDT of Watches and Warnings. The yellow shaded is a Tornado Watch. The orange shading Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, and the purple is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch valid until 2AM CDT.
Track this evenings severe weather at Chanhassen National Weather Service website.
Here's a look at the huge cloud canopy from the thunderstorms advancing from the eastern Dakotas.
The greatest threat from these storms is straight line winds. Listen for later statements and warnings. Storms will likely not arrive in the Twin Cities Metro until around 10PM or later.