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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester area is included in a severe thunderstorm watch that covers a large area of eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

The severe thunderstorm watch, issued by the National Weather Service this afternoon, will be in effect until 10 PM. In the southeast corner of the state, the watch area includes Olmsted, Goodhue, Dodge, Mower, Fillmore, Houston, Winona, and Wabasha counties.

The National Weather Service says a surface cold front marching across Minnesota is expected to begin producing strong thunderstorms by the late afternoon along and west of the I-35 corridor. Those storms are forecast to travel to the east and southeast and could produce damaging winds and hail before exiting the region late tonight. There is the potential for 1 to 2-inch diameter hail and wind gusts of 60-70 mph.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says widespread fog could develop in the areas affected by the thunderstorms. Visibilities to drop below a half-mile during the overnight hours.

At this point, forecasters are predicting a sunny and pleasant day on Saturday with the return of a chance of thunderstorms Sunday afternoon and into early Monday. A line of strong storms also rumbled across the region between 2 and 3 o’clock this morning. No severe weather was reported in southeastern Minnesota and only about a third of an inch of rain was recorded at the Rochester Airport.

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