The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch across the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota, extending to Wisconsin.
The watch is in effect until 10 p.m.
Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl reports the greatest threat is damaging winds and large hail, which is expected to fall around 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.
The National Weather Service reports the earliest tornado on record in Minnesota was on March 18, 1968.
Thunderstorms, high winds and a drop in temperatures are all expected throughout the state this week.
There is also a chance of flurries Tuesday morning.
Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said after storms sweep through the state Monday, overnight wind gusts may increase to 30-35 mph with the potential for gusts to reach 40 mph by Tuesday. Temperatures Tuesday are expected to be in the 40s.
Sunshine is expected to return Wednesday with temperatures dropping into the 30s.