Heavy T-Storms Pushing Into MSP Metro (downpours, frequent lightning)
May 29, 2013 — 10:01pm
Sprouting Storms. With divergence aloft and lingering instability, T-storms are popping south of MSP, some capable of downpours, frequent lightning and small hail. I'm still a little concerned about the potential for locally heavy rains capable of minor urban flooding overnight. NWS Doppler radar at 10:01 pm.
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It was another mild, partly cloudy, partly-drizzly February weekend with highs near 40F, but reality sets in today - in fact this may be the second coldest week of winter. Nothing excessive, not even close to record territory, but neighbors will be grumbling about the wind chill by midweek.
We may see these conditions over southwestern Minnesota later today, where a Blizzard Watch has been posted. Get your travel done early from Alexandria and Willmar to Mankato; the drive home from that Super Bowl party may be pretty rough. Check the Blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
20s didn't feel too bad out there yesterday; today and Sunday (morning) should feel even better as temperatures flirt with freezing. Enjoy the attempted thaw, because a week from now temperatures may be dipping below zero. A couple of clippers are brewing; Sunday's swirl of low pressure will whip up 30-35 mph gusts capable of white-out conditions, especially Red River Valley and western Minnesota.
Another coating of snow is expected today as a weak clipper drifts overhead. It may be considerably more than a coating late Sunday into Monday as colder air approaches. A few inches of snow coupled with 30+ mph winds will whip up the snow already on the ground, resulting in poor travel conditions, especially outside the metro area. It does turn colder next week, but nothing brutal, considering it's February in Minnesota...
A few nuisance snows are on the way; one today, another coating to 1" possible tomorrow, maybe some blowing and drifting on Super Bowl Sunday as colder air approaches. Enjoy a fleeting weekend thaw, because February chill returns next week. Long-range models still hint at a Pacific thaw the latter half of February, but winter isn't nearly done with us yet.