First wave of severe thunderstorms at noon, another in the evening

MINNEAPOLIS– Saturday is an upcoming weather alert day, and the latest models show two sets of storms – one hitting the subway around midday and the other moving into the evening.

Much of southern Minnesota is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 2 p.m. The majority of the state is under a severe weather outlook, with an increased threat (3 out of 5) in the Twin Cities to the south.

The biggest threat from storms is wind damage and potential hail, although there is also a threat of heavy rain and possible tornadoes.

The first round of thunderstorms moves through western Minnesota and will reach the Twin Cities around noon. Then it will move east into Wisconsin.

What happens with the second set of storms depends on the outcome of the first, but models show a major line of storms could hit metro and southern Minnesota around 6 p.m.

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The first salvo of thunderstorms could hit the metro around noon.

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Subway storms could impact weekend events such as the 3M Open Golf Tournament in Blaine and the Aurora soccer game Eagan. However, the sky should be clear for the Aquatennial fireworks show in Minneapolis.

Thereafter, the humidity will drop drastically and Sunday will be a pleasant day with temperatures in the 80s.