Severe weather and heavy rains are possible today and tonight. A dry day is expected for Wednesday but the stormy weather pattern is expected to return Wednesday night and linger through Thursday night.
Remnant showers and thunderstorms will exit the region later today before a large low pressure system advances across the region from Tuesday through Wednesday bringing numerous rounds of showers and thunderstorms.
Parts of Stearns County were under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning this (Sunday) evening. The National Weather Service says there was a storm with 60 mile an hour winds, small hail, and heavy rain that impacted western and central Stearns County.
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for several counties in central and western Minnesota, including Stearns, Todd, Kandiyohi and Douglas counties. The watch is in effect until 10:00 p.m. tonight (Sunday).
Hot and humid conditions are expected across the area today with highs from around 90 to the middle 90s. Factoring in the humidity, the heat index during the afternoon and evening will climb to near 100 degrees from the Twin Cities on west and south.
Stearns County officials made the decision to sound the outdoor sirens on Friday evening, despite the fact that the National Weather Service in Chanhassen did not activate a warning for the area. That left a lot of people confused about what was going on.