Late-winter thunderstorms bring up to an inch of rain, golf ball-size hail in parts of east metro

An unusual late-winter line of thunderstorms that rumbled through the Twin Cities on Wednesday afternoon dropped up to an inch of rain and golf ball-size hail on parts of the east metro.

The precipitation tapered off by about 7 p.m., but winds gusting up to 50 mph were expected to linger in the Twin Cities through midnight, according to the National Weather Service.

The same storm system brought snowfall to the north and west of the metro and tornado warnings to the south. No tornado sightings were reported, the NWS said.

The tornado warnings appear to be the second-earliest ever issued by the Twin Cities office of the NWS. March 6, 2017, was the earliest, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

Skies are expected to clear Thursday, with mild spring weather likely to extend through the weekend.

After high temperatures in the 40s on Thursday and Friday, the weekend will bring highs in the 50s and clear skies, the NWS said.

More precipitation is forecast to move into the metro Sunday evening and continue into the early part of next week.

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