Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- National Weather Service forecasters are warning residents of southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin to brace for potentially dangerous weather. 

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The storm system is expected to arrive in the area Tuesday afternoon and evening. 

It comes off the heels of a weather system that brought a tornado to southeast Minnesota’s Dodge County and triggered a Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Rochester Monday night. 

Tornadoes, Damaging Winds & Large Hail Predicted for Southeast Minnesota Tuesday

Portions of Mower, Fillmore and Houston Counties, along with a large swath of communities in northeast Iowa and Southwest Wisconsin are in a level four risk of severe weather Tuesday, according to the Storm Prediction Center. 

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The rest of southeast Minnesota, including the Rochester area is in a level three severe weather risk. Officials say the threat for tornadoes in areas south of Interstate 90 is 20 times higher than normal for a day in Mid May. 

Tony Laubach/AccuWeather via YouTube. Photo from June 2023
Tony Laubach/AccuWeather via YouTube. Photo from June 2023

Damaging winds and tornadoes are the main threats of the possible severe weather system, the National Weather Service says. 

Large hail is also likely and localized flooding is possible for communities in the level four risk area. Forecasters say the timing window for the potential severe weather is between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. 

So far no watches or warnings have been issued. Officials are asking the community to stay weather aware throughout the day, take shelter when storms arrive and to have multiple ways to receive weather alerts and warnings.

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