Storm eases a bit as it sweeps over northwestern metro area

  • Article by: Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: April 15, 2012 - 10:04 PM
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An impressive dark cloud is seen from Cedar Av / I-94 area about 7 p.m Sunday. Despite the frightening appearance, no tornadoes were reported in the Twin Cities.

Photo: Steve Adams, Special to the Star Tribune

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Heavy rain and hail, funnel clouds and a few tornado touchdowns made for a jittery Sunday for Minnesotans as a fast-moving, dangerous storm swept from southern and south-central parts of the state into the northwestern metro area. No injuries or major damage were reported.

The rumbling weather resulted in a flurry of tornado warnings and watches.

The storm, much ratcheted down, arrived in the metro area as darkness began to fall at the end of a warm, humid day. Much cooler air was expected to settle in overnight, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.

One of the storm's most severe moments occurred at about 5:30 p.m. in central Minnesota's McLeod County, where a weather spotter reported a tornado touchdown near Brownton. An earlier touchdown was also reported in McLeod County, but there were no reports of damage.

To the west, in Lyon County, emergency management director Tammy VanOverbeke said she had heard reports that a tornado touched down near Ghent about 4:15 p.m., but it was not confirmed.

Monday will bring colder air, and possibly snow, which is likely from St. Cloud to Alexandria and across much of northern Minnesota. In the Twin Cities, rain was expected early in the day, with gusty winds as high as 29 miles per hour. The high will be near 45, then fall to near freezing overnight.

Tuesday is expected to be sunny and dry, with a high near 60 in the metro area.

HERÓN MÁRQUEZ ESTRADA AND JIM ADAMS

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