Severe Storm Watch (strong to severe metro storms by late morning)
September 19, 2013 — 9:23am
Severe Potential. NWS Doppler radar at 9:22 AM, showing a squall line approaching - with a potential for large hail, damaging straight-line winds, even an isolated tornado. Doppler is estimating 1-2" diameter hail with some of these cells.
Severe Storm Watch. Conditions will remain ripe for severe storms into the afternoon hours over southeastern MN and much of northern and western Wisconsin. A Severe Storm Watch remains in effect until 4 PM this afternoon, which includes the metro area.
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