UPDATE SUNDAY 9:10 P.M.: The tornad watch issued by the National Weather Service expired at 9 p.m.
There is a flash flood watch in effect through Monday night.
Here is the weather service forecast through Tuesday night:
• Sunday night—Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 63. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
• Monday—Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8am and 5pm, then a chance of showers after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
• Monday night—A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
• Tuesday—Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 71. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
• Tuesday night—Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a low around 53. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
UPDATE SUNDAY 5:09 P.M.: The severe thunderstorm warning has expired. The tornado watch issued by the National Weather Service runs through 9 p.m., and the flash flood watch goes through Monday evening.
UPDATE SUNDAY 4:25 P.M.: The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Northfield until 5 p.m.
Here is the text of the warning:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
WESTERN DAKOTA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
SOUTHEASTERN HENNEPIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
NORTHWESTERN RICE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
EASTERN SCOTT COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 500 PM CDT
* AT 418 PM CDT...A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WAS LOCATED ALONG A
LINE EXTENDING FROM NEW PRAGUE TO 9 MILES SOUTH OF LAKEVILLE TO
NORTHFIELD...AND MOVING NORTH AT 40 MPH.
HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.
IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
CITIES AIRPORT...HELENA...CASTLE ROCK...RANDOLPH...CRYSTAL BAY...
CREDIT RIVER...FARMINGTON...HAMPTON...MARYSTOWN...PRIOR LAKE...
SAVAGE...APPLE VALLEY...SHAKOPEE...COATES AND ROSEMOUNT.
UPDATE SUNDAY 4:15 P.M.: Here are the counties included in the tornado watch: ANOKA, BLUE EARTH, BROWN, CARVER, CHIPPEWA, CHISAGO, COTTONWOOD, DAKOTA, DODGE, FARIBAULT, FILLMORE, FREEBORN, GOODHUE, HENNEPIN, HOUSTON, ISANTI ,JACKSON, KANDIYOHI, LAC QUI PARLE, LE SUEUR, LYON, MARTIN, MCLEOD, MEEKER, MOWER, MURRAY, NICOLLET, OLMSTED, POPE, RAMSEY, REDWOOD, RENVILLE, RICE, SCOTT, SHERBURNE, SIBLEY, STEARNS, STEELE, STEVENS, SWIFT, WABASHA, WASECA, WASHINGTON, WATONWAN, WINONA, WRIGHT and YELLOW MEDICINE
UPDATE SUNDAY 2:20 P.M.: Dakota and Rice counties are among those counties in southern Minnesota that are under a tornado watch until 9 p.m.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Twin Cities metro and most of southeastern Minnesota are under a flash flood watch and hazardous weather outlook.
Here is the text of the flash flood watch from the National Weather Service:
...PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN THROUGH MONDAY EVENING...
.SEVERAL ROUNDS OF ACTIVE WEATHER ARE EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN THROUGH MONDAY. WITH MUCH OF THE AREA HAVING RECEIVED BETWEEN ONE TO THREE INCHES OF RAIN ON SATURDAY...ALONG WITH SOME LOCATIONS HAVING RECEIVED UP TO 5 INCHES...THERE IS A HEIGHTENED POTENTIAL FOR LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING. AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN CAN BE EXPECTED THROUGH MONDAY EVENING...WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER AMOUNTS...ALONG WITH SOME OF THE RAIN BEING HEAVY AT TIMES AND IN PROLONGED DURATIONS. THE ADDITIONAL RAIN COULD CAUSE QUICK RISES TO SMALLER RIVERS...STREAMS AND CREEKS AND ALSO FLOOD AREA ROADWAYS.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS EXPANDED THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH TO INCLUDE PORTIONS OF MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN MINNESOTA... ANOKA...CARVER...CHISAGO...DAKOTA...FREEBORN...GOODHUE... HENNEPIN...KANDIYOHI...LE SUEUR...MCLEOD...MEEKER...NICOLLET... RAMSEY...RICE...SCOTT...SIBLEY...STEELE...WASECA...WASHINGTON AND WRIGHT. IN WISCONSIN...BARRON...CHIPPEWA...DUNN...EAU CLAIRE...PEPIN...PIERCE...POLK...RUSK AND ST. CROIX.
* THROUGH MONDAY EVENING
* A COMBINATION OF THE ALREADY SATURATED GROUND AND THE EXPECTED HEAVY RAIN THROUGH EARLY MONDAY EVENING COULD LEAD TO LOCALIZED AREAS OF FLASH FLOODING.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
Here is the text of the hazardous weather outlook:
.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT
SEVERAL ROUNDS OF RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED THROUGH TONIGHT. SOME OF THE THUNDERSTORMS MAY CONTAIN HEAVY RAIN...POSSIBLY FOR PROLONGED PERIODS. THERE IS A RISK THAT FLOODING...OR EVEN FLASH FLOODING...MAY OCCUR IN SOME AREAS...ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT RECEIVED EXCESSIVE RAINFALL YESTERDAY AND ABNORMALLY HIGH TOTALS THUS FAR THIS MONTH. THE EXCESSIVE RAINFALL MAY CAUSE RISES IN RIVERS...STREAMS...AND MAY ALSO CAUSE URBAN FLOODING. IN ADDITION TO THE HEAVY RAIN...SOME STORMS MAY BE STRONG TO SEVERE THROUGH TONIGHT. THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS NEARLY THE ENTIRE COVERAGE AREA THROUGH TONIGHT. PRIMARY HAZARDS ARE LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
PERIODS OF THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE INTO TUESDAY. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN ARE STILL POSSIBLE WITH STORMS THAT DO DEVELOP ON MONDAY. THE EXCESSIVE RAINFALL MAY CAUSE RISES IN RIVERS... STREAMS...AND MAY ALSO CAUSE URBAN FLOODING.