Metro Threat Eases - Severe Storms Race into Wisconsin
July 7, 2014 — 7:33pm
Rapid Clearing. NWS Doppler radar at 7:32 PM shows strong T-storms from Menomonie, WI to near Rochester, pushing rapidly east. Although the Severe Storm Watch for southern Minnesota (and the southern Twin Cities metro area) expires at midnight I suspect that the heavy weather risk is over, for now.
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