A Plan B Evening - Strong to Severe T-storms Moving In
July 7, 2014 — 4:34pm
Another Round. NWS Doppler radar at 4:33 PM shows heavy to severe T-storms pushing across western and central Minnesota; a Severe Storm Warning in the Willmar/Litchfield area for winds up to 60 mph and 1"+ diameter hail. These storms will impact the MSP metro area between 5 PM and 9 PM, some half inch rains, hail and damaging winds can't be ruled out.
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Saturday was an acquired taste: thickening clouds and a chilling breeze - but at least it didn't snow...or flood...or tornado. Rain brushed the southern suburbs but that system moves out today and a drying northeast breeze triggers partial clearing. Temperatures mellow this week; a hint of summer warmth possible by next weekend.
Yes, there were reports of a little snow mixing in with a cold rain over west central Minnesota yesterday; temperatures in the lowest mile of the atmosphere just warm enough for rain in the metro. Things are greening up nicely and models are in agreement that it's going to warm up next week: 60s, 70s, even a shot at 80F. Spring fever returns with a vengeance next week.
I'd rather have 40s and rain than ankle-deep slush (or drought) showing up on the maps. It's supernaturally-green out there, and who can argue with a 7-month boating season again this year? Rain tapers later today with slight improvement by Friday. Saturday showers may pass just south of MSP with a warming trend next week. 70s in one week? Looks plausible...
If you liked yesterday you will love today's weather! Gray, windy and damp with another wave of showery rain pushing in from the southwest later on. The heaviest rains pass south of MSP, tapering tomorrow with a break on Friday before another band of showers arrives late Saturday. It will feel like spring again next week; if the planets align the mercury may kiss 80F the first weekend in May.