Strong thunderstorms possible in southern Minn.; high risk in Ill.

Storms dumped over an inch in some parts of central Minnesota overnight though this morning.

I measured just under an inch in Eden Prairie as of noon. Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie tallied more than an inch and a quarter of rain.

Strong storms are still possible in southern Minnesota as a cool front works its way through the state.

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Weatherundeground.com Radar screen capture shortly after noon CDT

The bigger news in weather comes from the Storm Prediction Center. It has upgraded the severe weather outlook for this afternoon and tonight to a high risk for severe storms over portions of Illinois and Indiana.

From the SPC statement at 1130 a.m. CDT:

A SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK APPEARS INCREASINGLY LIKELY ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE UPPER MIDWEST/LOWER GREAT LAKES FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING. INTENSE STORM DEVELOPMENT IN A VERY UNSTABLE AIRMASS…COINCIDENT WITH A COMPACT AND INTENSIFYING SURFACE LOW SHOULD RESULT IN NUMEROUS DAMAGING WIND EVENTS AS WELL AS SCATTERED…POSSIBLY STRONG TORNADOES.

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There could be very damaging winds through a large portion of the region later today.

Looking ahead to Thursday, temperatures respond to some sunshine and climb to near seasonal highs.

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NWS forecast highs for Thursday.

Craig Edwards