Severe Thunderstorms Expected Friday Night Near Brainerd Area

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According to the National Weather Service, there’s a strong potential for strong to severe thunderstorms in the Brainerd Lakes Area on Friday night.

Here is the current Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service:

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight

Strong to severe thunderstorms are forecast to move over the
Northland tonight and early Saturday morning. The storms will
develop over western North Dakota during the afternoon and will
push eastward into central and north-central Minnesota during the
late evening hours, after 9 PM. Storms will then push farther east
into the Arrowhead and northwest Wisconsin after midnight.
Damaging wind gusts to around 70 mph are the main threat with the
storms. Large hail, torrential rainfall which may cause localized
flooding, and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning are secondary
threats. There is also a small risk of tornadoes.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Saturday through Thursday

Strong to severe thunderstorms may be ongoing Saturday morning
from central Minnesota east into northwest Wisconsin. Another
round of strong to severe thunderstorms is possible Saturday
afternoon through the evening hours. The severe weather threat is
somewhat conditional based on how early the morning storms clear
the area and whether clouds linger during the afternoon. Large
hail, damaging wind gusts, torrential rainfall, and tornadoes are

There will be additional chances of thunderstorms during the
upcoming week. The best chance of widespread thunderstorms will be
Tuesday afternoon and evening. A few storms may be strong, but
widespread severe weather is not anticipated at this time.


The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office is also giving people a heads up for tonight.