Strong to severe storms are possible Thursday, Sept. 16, as thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon in the lakes area.

“Thunderstorms will be possible this morning over northern Minnesota with small hail and gusty winds to 50 mph the main threats,” the National Weather Service in Duluth reported Thursday. “Severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening across much of the Northland with chances highest over northern Minnesota. The main threats will be large hail to ping pong ball size and damaging wind to 70 mph. A tornado can`t be ruled out.”

The National Weather Service updated approximate times storms may arrive in the lakes region — Wadena County and most of Cass County and northern most northwestern tip of Crow Wing County and northern most Aitkin County — between 5-8 p.m. and parts of Todd, southern most Cass County and most of Crow Wing and Wadena, Aitkin, Morrison counties and most of Mille Lacs County between 7-10 p.m. The chance for storms continues overnight.

The high temperature should reach 82 degrees Thursday and be cooler Friday after the storms move through with a projected high of 67 degrees. Skies on Friday should gradually clear with a breezy northwest wind gusting as high as 20 mph.

The weather service reported a few thunderstorms are possible Friday and Sunday night into Tuesday.

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Warm temperatures aren’t done yet with a high Sunday expected to reach 86 degrees with sunny skies and a south wind. Monday should continue the trend with a high of 83 degrees and a chance for showers, mainly after 1 p.m.

Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be in the low 70s to mid 60s for highs with a chance of showers each day.