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Severe Storms to Slam Minneapolis, Duluth Wednesday

As warm and humid air builds back into the Upper Midwest, so will the risk for severe storms.

Folks from Minneapolis to Duluth, and eastward to Green Bay will want to be on the lookout for severe storms on Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday night.

These storms will have the ability to bring torrential downpours, gusty winds, large hail, and perhaps even an isolated tornado.

The most widespread activity will likely hold off until the late afternoon across Minnesota, but will quickly spread southeastward through the evening and into Wednesday night.

Wind gusts could exceed 60 mph with some of these storms, strong enough to bring down trees and power lines. Large hail could fall on communities as well.

Many motorists that are caught out in these storms may be faced with difficult travel. Heavy downpours will lead to lowered visibility and could cause flooding as well.

Those taking to the road will not be the only ones affected. Anybody with outdoor plans may want to consider rescheduling or at least should keep a watchful eye to the sky.

Outdoor sporting events, like the Twins taking on the White Sox at Target Field, will be at risk for delays or even cancellations.

The storms will form within a battle zone of two air masses. A warm front will usher in warmer and more humid air, erasing the brief but pleasant air that was around on Tuesday.

Thunderstorm concerns will not be limited to just the Upper Midwest on Wednesday. A wave of energy aloft could kick up a few storms across the Dakotas. Meanwhile, flooding will be an issue across the Carolinas due to slow-moving storms.

As Thursday rolls around, the severe threat zone will shift into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, a shot of cooler and more pleasant air will begin to build in across the Dakotas and into Minnesota.