April in Minnesota opens with 70s, storm risk

Warmer air builds across central and southern Minnesota through the afternoon as temperatures make it back to the 70s to near 80. Moisture levels are also increasing throughout the day, and as a cold front hits those components late Wednesday afternoon, scattered thunderstorms are likely to develop somewhere in western or central Minnesota from the 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. hours.

These storms will likely congeal into a broken line and move eastward through the Twin Cities metro. A couple of these storms could be severe, with the already windy conditions, it won't take much to get some 50 or 60 mph gusts with some of these storms so that will be the largest threat. That being said, the threat is quite low.

Storm snapshot

Key times: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. (6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the metro)

Key Location: Areas south of I-94, including much of the metro

Key Risk: Quarter size hail with initial storms, mostly gusty winds once they get to the metro

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Slight risk vs marginal risk

For those that aren't familiar, there are a couple additional categories to further enhance understanding of severe potential. The "slight risk" used to be the lowest category, and while the overall risk for this category hasn't changed, an additional category has been added under the slight risk, called "marginal," that shows an even lower potential for severe storms. That being said, even in the marginal category, severe storms are a possibility.

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