A Tornado Watch has been issued by the Storm Prediction Center until Midnight — This watch includes central and northern Minnesota.
For the Northland, this watch includes the cities of Ely, Hibbing, Isabella, Silver Bay, Two Harbors, Duluth, Hill City, Aitkin, McGregor, Cloquet, Carlton, Moose Lake, Pine City, Hinckley and Brainerd.
Primary threats include
A couple tornadoes possible
Scattered large hail and isolated very large hail events to 2.5 inches in diameter possible
Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible.
Remember a tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.
MRMS radar loop ending at 6:06 PM Thursday, September 16, 2021 — Showers and thunderstorms, some strong to severe have erupted late this afternoon from southwest to northeast Minnesota with movement of this activity to the east-northeast. Note: The threat for severe weather is highest this evening in northeast and east-central Minnesota with damaging wind gusts, large hail and an isolated tornado threat. Heavy rain and frequent lightning will also occur with the storms this evening.
Additional showers and thunderstorms are expected after Midnight from eastern Minnesota into northwest Wisconsin, but chances for severe weather are lower overnight compared to this evening.
Watch the explosion of thunderstorms occur late this Thursday afternoon from southwest through central to northeast Minnesota per Goes-16 sandwich imagery.