(FOX 9) - Strong to severe storms are likely Monday in much of Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the area, including the Twin Cities metro, until 3 p.m.
A warm and muggy day with temperatures in the 80s and dew points in the sticky upper 60s will lay the groundwork for strong to severe thunderstorms to continue to be a threat as a cold front moves northwest to southeast through the day.
The greatest threat is located south of a line from Ladysmith, Wisconsin to the Twin Cities metro and Redwood Falls, Minnesota. The primary threat is damaging winds. Large hail, heavy rainfall and a couple of tornadoes are also possible.
Timing for severe storms
- Now—1 p.m. for northern Minnesota
- 10:30 a.m.—4 p.m. for the Twin Cities metro (if the morning storms currently north of the Twin Cities fade before they get to the metro, then we would likely wait until after 1 p.m. in the Twin Cities)
- 2 p.m.—7 p.m. for southern Minnesota
- Damaging wind gusts (60+ mph)
- Large hail (1-inch or greater)
- Isolated tornadoes
- Torrential downpours