Saturday storms clearing; Sunday heat on tap

MPR meteorolgist Bill Endersen writes:

Thunderstorms with heavy rain have been zipping across the metro area and much of the southern half of Minnesota this morning. The strongest storms have been tracking south of the metro from Redwood Falls to Mankato to Red Wing. Some of these storms likely contain small hail but significant severe weather is not likely.

Morning rainfall amounts are likely to exceed one inch across the southern metro with lesser amounts to the north. My rain gauge has picked up almost six-tenths of an inch as the rain tapers off.

For the metro area, it looks as though the storms should clear out in time for a mostly pleasant Saturday afternoon. And the Twins-Tigers game is likely to be a go at Target Field.

Some severe storms are possible across southern to central Minnesota later today although the morning weather might put enough of a cap on the atmosphere to impede strong development. If severe storms develop later today the main risk will be of damaging hail.

Soil saturation from the continuing rains might lead to some localized flooding.

Sunday continues to look like a hot, fairly steamy day with growing thunderstorms advancing eastward across Minnesota during the day. Strong to severe storms with damaging winds are possible Sunday, especially in the evening in eastern Minnesota and then into western Wisconsin.

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