Stalled Front. Heavy showers and T-storms forming along a temporarily stalled frontal boundary will mean the best chance of locally heavy rain and flash flooding over central Minnesota today, from near Montevideo and St. Cloud to Brainerd and the far northern suburbs of the Twin Cities. Here's the latest on a Flash Flood Warning posted west of St. Cloud:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
SOUTHWESTERN MORRISON COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
WESTERN STEARNS COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 1130 AM CDT
* AT 730 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE
WARNED AREA. 2 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN EARLY THIS MORNING
WITH AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 2 INCHES POSSIBLE BEFORE THE RAIN LIGHTENS
* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...
ALBANY AND FREEPORT.
THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING STREAMS AND DRAINAGES...
SOUTH TWO RIVER...HAY CREEK...STONY CREEK...NORTH FORK CROW
RIVER...LITTLE ROCK CREEK...TWO RIVER...GETCHELL CREEK...SPUNK
CREEK...NORTH TWO RIVER...BEAUTIFUL CREEK...SKUNK RIVER...PLATTE
RIVER...KRAIN CREEK...LITTLE TWO RIVER...ELMDALE CREEK...TAYLOR
CREEK AND SWAN RIVER.
EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
CREEKS AND STREAMS...COUNTRY ROADS...AS WELL AS FARMLAND ALONG THE
BANKS OF CREEKS AND STREAMS.
Morning Satellite Loop. 1 km vis imagery shows T-storms flaring up north/west of the frontal boundary draped from southwest into central and northeastern Minnesota. Some morning and midday sun is likely from the Twin Cities on south and east into Wisconsin, but T-storms may push east into MSP by afternoon.
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