(Mankato, MN) – Most of southern Minnesota is under a flash flood watch until Thursday night.

The National Weather Service says continued showers and thunderstorms are possible in Mankato and the surrounding areas for the remainder of the day into nighttime.

A line of thunderstorms is expected to develop over southern Minnesota Thursday afternoon, dumping 1 to 3 inches of rain on the watch area.   Blue Earth, Brown, Nicollet, Watonwan, and Sibley counties are all included in the flash flood warning.

Winds are also expected to pick up, gusting up to 25 miles per hour.  The region has a chance to dry out Friday, as sunny skies return, and breezy conditions remain.

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