To the east of there, a winter storm warning is in effect in most of east central Minnesota, a portion of south central Minnesota, and all of west central Wisconsin until 7 p.m. Sunday.
Other northeastern Kansas counties included in the watch are Anderson, Atchison, Brown, Coffey, Doniphan, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Lyon, Miami, Osage, Shawnee, Wabaunsee and Wyandotte.
A tornado watch means weather conditions make tornadoes possible in those counties.
The strongest storms will produce heavy rain, hail and damaging wind gusts.
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The unsafe weather threat should end "prior to daybreak" on Saturday as the cold front is expected to clear the area of storms, according to forecasters. Updated figures at 4 p.m. Friday indicated that over the course of rains parking into Sunday, the area may see 3 to 5 inches fall. "It will not surprise us at all if we end up in some type of tornado watch or perhaps even a few warnings".
A cold front moving into the Las Vegas Valley will bring strong winds and a slight drop in temperatures this week, according to the National Weather Service. The southeastern part of Minnesota, including Rochester and Winona, is not in the watch area, but can expect rain, the weather service said.
He also is anxious the forecast includes the chances of storms overnight tonight when many people are asleep.
Friday's temperatures reached over 80 degrees in the city and could reach as high as the low 70s today, according to Greg DeVoir, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.