Law Enforcement: Possible Tornado Structural Damage near St. Leo
March 31, 2014 — 5:05pm
Structural Damage Near St. Leo. Severe Studios has passed along information from local law enforcement of possible tornado-related damage near St. Leo. Fast-moving tornadic cells pushed through the area earlier this afternoon, and there was at least one confirmed tornado in Yellow Medicine County. In 40 years tracking the weather I have NEVER seen a Tornado Warning and Blizzard Warning, simultaneously, in the same county. This is a whole new level of weather-whiplash.
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Well, we survived with our dignity intact. The whopping snow "storm" left behind plowable amounts of snow for much of the area, but with temperatures near 32F much of the snow melted on contact, keeping final amounts down in many communities. Even so, it's nice to know it can still snow. Flurries linger today with mid 30s keeping roads mostly-wet by late morning; the drive home later today should be easier. And then we top 40F later this week, and whatever snow is in your yard will melt. It is March 1, correct?
Let. It. Snow. Old Man Winter will assist you in your attempt to get into the holiday spirit over the next 36 hours with a long-duration period of wet snow. Roads will be mainly wet today, but snow will start to stick on area highways by late afternoon; by tomorrow it will actually look like winter out there. About time.
Shocking: meteorologists actually have something to do, which may be an anomaly in this El Nino-warmed winter that's setting up. A surge of southern moisture will spark steady, slushy snow - resembling something we might experience in March vs. December. By the time the flakes stop flying late Tuesday much of the area will have 5-8", a few towns may boast up to 10" of heavy, wet snow. Hey, it's winter in Minnesota. It's supposed to snow!
Well this is unusual: a risk of an actual "storm"? I'm sorry, an inch of snow in late November doesn't qualify. But a slow-moving surge of moisture approaching from the south may drop enough snow to shovel and plow late Monday into midday Tuesday. It's still premature to lob around inch-amounts, but on our (patented) scale from nuisance to plowable to crippling this could definitely wind up in the plowable category. Stay tuned...
Well, we had our Thanksgiving excitement: 1.3" of slush at MSP International Airport; more south and east, less north and west. Just enough to remind us that the start of meteorological winter is a few days away. On paper. There still isn't much in the way of bitter air showing up within a few thousand miles of Minnesota; I see a mild bias continuing into mid-December, possibly longer. We'll see snow and cold fronts, just not the volume we're accustomed to.