A tornado watch went into effect for Richfield and Hennepin County at 6:10 p.m., and will remain in effect until 1 a.m., according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The surrounding counties of Ramsey, Dakota and Scott are all included in the tornado watch.
A special short term forecast posted just after 4 p.m. is calling for a line of strong storms to move into southwest and central Minnesota this evening and overnight.
Some of the storms will have strong wind gusts of 40-50 mph and possibly hail up to nickel size. Rainfall estimates range from a quarter inch to an inch and a quarter from the heaviest showers.
The NWS has also said the highest risk area for a tornado will be confined to mainly along and north of Interstate 94. However, the severe threat overall will be greater along and west of Interstate 35.
A and is now in effect through Sunday.
Tuesday brings the greatest risk for severe thunderstorms this week, the NWS said. There will be several more bouts of showers and thunderstorms over the next few days. Isolated severe storms are possible again Wednesday and Thursday.