Tornado Watch until midnight includes north metro

SPC has pulled the trigger and issued a tornado watch until midnight for much of east central Minnesota.

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The tornado watch includes Brainerd and the Brainerd Lakes area, St. Cloud, Mora, Hinckley, and the far north metro including Forest Lake.

This is the first tornado watch of 2011 that includes parts of Minnesota.

It looks like the best window for severe storms will be between 7pm to midnight in the metro and mush of eastern Minnesota. Storms will approach from the southwest and should move northeast at around 25 mph.

Here are some resources to track the storms tonight.

Latest Twin Cities radar loop

Twin Cities NWS

Duluth NWS

Storm Prediction Center

Keep an eye on the western sky tonight!