Severe Storm Watch until 2 am. This watch includes the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and Eau Claire. Conditions are ripe for large hail, damaging straight line winds, an isolated tornado can't be ruled out.
Update: 8 pm. Severe storm warnings in effect for portions of the metro area. Doppler radar hail estimates of 1 to 1.5" in diameter, reports of 60 mph+ wind gusts, and funnels near Buffalo and River Falls, Wisconsin. Stay alert for severe weather in the coming hours - the vast majority of us will only see a generic thunderstorm.