The National Weather Service has increased the severe weather risk for parts of southern Minnesota today to 'moderate,' or a 4 out of 5 in risk factors.

If you live or have friends/family that live in Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Iowa, please pay attention to the weather later this afternoon. Make sure to have a way to receive weather warnings!

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Never before has Minnesota been included in a 'moderate' severe weather risk in December.

Severe thunderstorms with damaging winds will be possible to the southeast of the St. Cloud area -- along with some tornadoes. A 'marginal' risk for severe weather includes parts of Meeker, Sherburne, and Wright counties.

This storm system has a lot of moving parts, so staying up to date, and having multiple ways to receive warnings will be a good idea.

From the National Weather Service this morning: Severe thunderstorms capable of widespread, intense wind gusts (some greater than 75 mph), and a few tornadoes are possible late this afternoon into this evening across Iowa, southeast Minnesota, and west-central Wisconsin. Check http://spc.noaa.gov for more details.

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