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Strong Storms To Impact Dakotas, Upper Midwest Sunday


As the upper Midwest rounds out its Fourth of July weekend celebrations, Mother Nature may be planning a last second fireworks show of her own.

Strong storms are set to erupt along a cold front moving through the upper Midwest on Sunday night, potentially spoiling late weekend barbecues across the Dakotas and northern Nebraska. Overnight, the same storms are poised to move through Minnesota and Iowa, potentially bringing damaging straight-line winds and hail to Minneapolis, St. Paul and Rochester, Minnesota (late Sunday and early Monday), Sioux Falls, Brookings, Aberdeen and Watertown, South Dakota and Fargo and Jamestown, North Dakota.

The storms will initiate along a cold front moving south and east. Hail – potentially large – will be more likely in eastern South Dakota and southwest Minnesota, and as the sun goes down the primary threat will transition to straight-line winds.  A few tornadoes cannot be ruled out, particularly on Sunday evening in South Dakota, but that does not appear to be the primary hazard with these storms.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) issued an enhanced risk for severe weather for parts of South Dakota and Minnesota in anticipation of Sunday’s storms.

Stay with WeatherNation for all the latest on this severe weather potential.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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