According to the National Weather Service, there’s a strong potential for strong to severe thunderstorms in the Brainerd Lakes Area on Friday night.
Here is the current Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service:
.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight Strong to severe thunderstorms are forecast to move over the Northland tonight and early Saturday morning. The storms will develop over western North Dakota during the afternoon and will push eastward into central and north-central Minnesota during the late evening hours, after 9 PM. Storms will then push farther east into the Arrowhead and northwest Wisconsin after midnight. Damaging wind gusts to around 70 mph are the main threat with the storms. Large hail, torrential rainfall which may cause localized flooding, and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning are secondary threats. There is also a small risk of tornadoes. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Saturday through Thursday Strong to severe thunderstorms may be ongoing Saturday morning from central Minnesota east into northwest Wisconsin. Another round of strong to severe thunderstorms is possible Saturday afternoon through the evening hours. The severe weather threat is somewhat conditional based on how early the morning storms clear the area and whether clouds linger during the afternoon. Large hail, damaging wind gusts, torrential rainfall, and tornadoes are possible. There will be additional chances of thunderstorms during the upcoming week. The best chance of widespread thunderstorms will be Tuesday afternoon and evening. A few storms may be strong, but widespread severe weather is not anticipated at this time.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office is also giving people a heads up for tonight.