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National Weather Service Issues Tornado Watch for South Metro and Southeast Minnesota

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a tornado watch for the south Twin Cities metro area and southeast Minnesota, warning of a “particularly dangerous situation” that could bring severe storms and potentially tornadoes to the region.

Tornado Watch Details

Issued shortly after 1 p.m. and effective until 9 p.m., the tornado watch includes several counties south of Hennepin and Ramsey, extending into Iowa, northwest Illinois, and western Wisconsin. The NWS alert highlights an “increasingly volatile environment and very strong atmospheric winds” likely to cause an outbreak of severe storms, including tornadoes and widespread damaging winds.

Areas Affected

The tornado watch covers multiple counties in Minnesota, including Carver, Scott, and Dakota. In total, 21 counties are under the watch, and a full list can be found on the NWS website. The watch indicates that large hail, with pellets potentially up to 4 inches in diameter, is also possible.

Timing and Precautions

The NWS has advised that the severe storms are expected to move into the metro area around rush hour on Tuesday, producing heavy rain, strong winds, and possibly a tornado or two. “This will be a good day to get home early if you can and avoid being stuck on the road when these storms hit,” the Weather Service suggested in a social media post.

Historical Context and Safety Tips

This tornado watch is notable due to its classification as a “particularly dangerous situation,” a rare designation by the NWS. Residents are advised to stay informed through local weather updates and have a plan in place for seeking shelter. During a tornado watch, it is crucial to remain vigilant and prepared to take immediate action if a warning is issued.

Impact and Preparedness

The potential for severe weather, including tornadoes, poses a significant risk to life and property. The NWS emphasizes the importance of preparedness, recommending that residents secure outdoor items, stay indoors, and have an emergency kit ready. Schools, businesses, and individuals should review their emergency plans and ensure they can respond quickly to changing weather conditions.


The National Weather Service’s tornado watch for the south Twin Cities metro and southeast Minnesota underscores the serious threat posed by today’s weather conditions. Residents in the affected areas should take precautions, stay informed, and be prepared to act swiftly in the event of severe weather. The NWS continues to monitor the situation and will provide updates as necessary.

For the latest updates and detailed information, visit the National Weather Service website and follow their social media channels.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Weather Service or other related entities. Always consult official weather sources and authorities for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

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