A few rounds of showers and thunderstorms are possible Wednesday and Wednesday night. Large hail, damaging wind gusts, and isolated tornadoes are possible. Locally excessive rainfall is also a concern.
The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for Stearns County and areas to the west and south. There is also a Winter Storm Warning for Benton and Sherburne Counties along with several other counties in central and eastern Minnesota.
With the pending blizzard expected to hit Wednesday, the National Weather Service is cancelling the statewide tornado drill for Thursday and Friday. However, individual counties are still planning to move forward with the drill.