Thunderstorms are impacting the southwest metro and greater Twin Cities area today. 

Updated 9:30 a.m. Tuesday

Very heavy rain with the potential for localized flooding will affect six Minnesota counties, including Scott and Carver, according to the National Weather Service.

The other counties affected are McLeod, Sibley, Renville and Dakota. 

At 4:01 a.m., a line of strong thunderstorms with heavy rainfall was nearly stationary from northern Renville County to southern

Carver County to Dakota County. The weather service said to expect 2 to 4 inches of rain during the next couple hours, which may lead to flooding.

Locations impacted include Burnsville, Lakeville, Apple Valley, Shakopee, Savage, Prior Lake, Farmington, Belle Plaine, Glencoe, Jordan, Cannon Falls and Carver. This includes Mystic Lake Casino.

The weather service reminds people not to drive into areas where the water covers the road, because the water may be too deep to cross safely. 

A strong thunderstorm will affect southern Write, Hennepin, northern Le Sueur, eastern Sibley, Scott, northeastern McLeod, northwestern Rice, Carver and northeastern Nicollect counties. 

Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may cause localized flooding. 

At 8 a.m., a strong thunderstorm was located near Norwood Young America, 27 miles east of Hutchinson, moving east at 55 mph. Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible, according to the weather service. 

Locations impacted include Buffalo, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Eden Prairie, Burnsville, Lakeville, Minnetonka, Edina, St. Louis Park and Shakopee.

This includes the following highways:

  • Interstate 35 between mile markers 63 and 80.
  • U.S. Highway 12 between mile markers 116 and 140.
  • U.S. Highway 169 between mile markers 68 and 84.
  • U.S. Highway 212 between mile markers 123 and 126.


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