Brandon Weatherz: Strong to severe storms today

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4th of July festivities will have to contend with potentially severe thunderstorms. A stray light rain shower is possible in the morning, but most communities around and east of the Head of Lake Superior should stay on the dry side for outdoor plans until the early afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms move in from the west filling out north central Minnesota through the morning.

The afternoon and evening is when storms reach across the I-35 corridor, toward the Twin Ports, and across northwest Wisconsin. These areas take the focus for potential for large hail and damaging winds. Heavy rain and high localized totals are also possible. Have a device that receives severe weather alerts on hand and be ready to put outdoor plans on pause to seek shelter.

It’s warm and muggy for one more day before cooler and more comfortable conditions take over. Highs today range from low 70s to mid-80s. Tonight’s lows range from upper 40s to near 60 as clouds and showers linger in northwest Wisconsin. Wednesday is breezy with decreasing clouds front the northwest and highs staying in mid-60s to mid-70s. We stay clear and comfortable Thursday and Friday. Rain chances return Saturday and hang around into the start of next week.

Today: Partly sunny with scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Potential for severe storms. High 78. E wind 5-10 mph. Chance of rain: 80%

Tonight: Thunderstorms in the evening give way to cloudy skies after midnight. Low 57. NW wind 5-10 mph. Chance of rain: 70%

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and breezy. High 70. NW wind 10-15 mph.

Tomorrow night: Mostly clear. Low 49. NW wind 5-10 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 74. NW wind 5-10 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny. High 78. SW wind 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Partly sunny with scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 75. S wind 5-10 mph. Chance of rain: 30%

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a chance for showers. High 75. E wind 5-10 mph. Chance of rain: 30%

Monday: Mostly cloudy with a chance for showers. High 74. NW wind 10-15 mph. Chance of rain: 30%