The Storm Prediction Center has issued a  Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of
central and southern Minnesota effective this Tuesday afternoon and evening until
11PM.

The primary threats include scattered damaging winds and isolated significant wind gusts to 75 mph possible. Scattered large hail and isolated very large hail events to 2
inches in diameter possible and a tornado or two is possible.

Thunderstorms should develop east from eastern South Dakota and offer a risk for severe wind/hail this evening, with a tornadic storm also possible.

The severe thunderstorm watch area is approximately along and 55 statute miles north and south of a line from 45 miles south of Ortonville to 20 miles southeast of Minneapolis.

Counties included are:

Anoka, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Dakota, Hennepin, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mcleod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Pipestone, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Scott, Sibley, Swift, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wright, Yellow Medicine.

Check back here and on air for the latest on these developing storms.

This April will mark the 49th anniversary of a series of killer tornados that swept through the area.