Welcome to June and July-like weather. A wet and stormy weather pattern will blow over Minnesota through Thursday.

Thunderstorms rolled through Minnesota early Wednesday morning through early afternoon. In southern Minnesota, up to 3.2 inches of rain fell on Waseca while Owatonna saw streets flooded.

Huge hailstones – more than 2 inches in diameter – fell on Pine Island, north of Rochester.

More severe storms likely on Wednesday night

Scattered storms will rumble across Minnesota on Wednesday. A second storm is likely to develop Wednesday night through southwestern Minnesota and roll later into eastern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 3 km NAM resolution model shows the growing clusters moving northeast through Minnesota between 5 p.m. and midnight.

Model NOAA NAM 3 km from 5 pm to midnight

NOAA, via Tropical Tidbits

Storms in southern Minnesota can produce severe hail more than 2 inches in diameter, causing strong winds and even tornadoes. It looks like they can condense into a bow echo, which can deal massive wind damage along its path.

The time of greatest storm potential in the larger Twin Cities appears to be from around 8 p.m. to midnight.

NOAA has an enhanced risk of severe storms over much of Minnesota through Thursday.

Be on the lookout for possible weather warnings and watches today and Thursday. See up to the minute updates about MPR News Live blog about severe weather.

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