Minnesota Independence Day Warning: Isolated Tornadoes Possible Amid Storms


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Minneapolis, MN – Severe weather is expected to impact Minnesota’s Independence Day celebrations, with the National Weather Service (NWS) in the Twin Cities forecasting several rounds of thunderstorms from Thursday into Friday. A widespread 1 inch of rain is anticipated, with localized amounts potentially exceeding 3 inches.

According to the NWS, the region could see scattered strong to severe storms Thursday afternoon and evening. These storms may bring large hail, isolated damaging winds, and a few weak tornadoes. The NWS warns that the primary threat during these storms will be large hail and the potential for isolated tornadoes, creating a dangerous situation for residents and visitors alike.

Forecasters advise that breaks in the rain are likely, but overall, residents should plan for a wet holiday.  Areas such as the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, and Mankato could receive 1 to 1.5 inches of rain, while parts of southern Minnesota are now expected to see lesser amounts. The NWS advises residents to stay updated with the latest forecasts and be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions, including the possibility of isolated tornadoes.


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