Severe thunderstorm, flash flood watches in effect for parts of Northland overnightThe National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch and a flash flood watch for parts of the Northland through Friday morning.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch and a flash flood watch for parts of the Northland through Friday morning.
The severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 6 a.m. for Carlton, Pine, Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer and Price counties in the Northland. It also includes the Twin Cities.
Severe thunderstorms over the Dakotas and western Minnesota are forecast to track eastward overnight. The main threats from the storms are damaging wind and large hail.
The flash flood watch covers the same Northland counties as the severe thunderstorm watch, along with southern St. Louis, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland and Iron counties. It includes the Twin Ports.
Storms may drop heavy rain that could lead to flash flooding in the watch area overnight, the Weather Service reported. Some locations - especially parts of Northwestern Wisconsin and the Brainerd area - already have seen 3 to 5 inches of rain today; the risk of flash flooding from overnight storms is greatest in those areas.