Active weather is setting up for Friday, and a few of these storms will be feisty. A warm front will be lifting to the north across Minnesota and eastern South Dakota. Further to the west across eastern South Dakota and western Iowa, a cold front will move to the east through the afternoon. These two fronts will be trigger mechanisms for thunderstorm development.
One of the concerns will be if enough destabilization will occur during the afternoon hours, to provide enough instability. It does appear that this will occur, but if it does not, this will inhibit severe thunderstorm potential. The greatest potential for severe weather will occur across north west and north central Iowa. The main threats will be large hail and damaging wind gusts. Further to the north across southern Minnesota, a few storms may have enough rotation to produce a tornado or two.
We will be keep an eye on this severe weather potential this evening. If it warrants a storm chase, our chase team is ready to be deployed and will be streaming live to ChaserNation.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.