Severe weather with possible tornadoes expected Thursday, including in Crow Wing and Cass counties

Storms are predicted to be stronger Thursday compared to Wednesday

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Severe storm threat for May 12, 2022, outlined.
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Tornadoes are possible Thursday, May 12, near Brainerd, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth.

Coming off a rainy Wednesday, the weather service again forecast numerous severe thunderstorms Thursday, May 12, across Minnesota, including in Crow Wing and Cass counties where an enhanced risk exists.

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Severe thunderstorm risk levels explained. Crow Wing and Cass counties are under an enhanced risk Thursday, May 12, 2022.
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Periods of severe storms (large hail, damaging wind and heavy rain) are expected Thursday into the night.

Depending on location, people may see two rounds of storms, with severe storms possible through Thursday afternoon and becoming likely Thursday night.

Coverage and intensity of storms are expected to be strongest Thursday night.


There's a heavy rainfall threat into tonight and a flood watch is in effect.

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A flash flood risk is in effect in the Brainerd lakes area May 12, 2022.
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The forecast calls for multiple rounds of storms that will move fast with a lower chance of extended periods of rain. Rivers and stresams are already running high, especially across northern Minnesota after Wednedsay's rain.

Weather forecast

  • Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could be severe. Partly sunny with a high near 81. Breezy with a southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
  • Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1 a.m. Some of the storms could be severe. Low around 58. Breezy with a south wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
  • Friday: Sunny with a high near 71. Breezy with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
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