More Heavy T-storms Capable of Flash Flooding Overnight
June 1, 2014 — 6:07pm
Sunday Night Soakers. NWS Doppler radar at 5:36 PM shows strong storms pushing into southwesternern Minnesota; the frontal boundary that pushed across the metro early this morning stalled over far southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, sparking 3-5" rains and a few confirmed tornadoes. Now it's doing a U-turn and heading north; T-storms possible in the metro afater 9 PM, with locally heavy rain overnight. Considering the ground is waterlogged, totally saturated from recent 3-6" rains (5-8" fell on western Stearns County) any additional rain will almost immediately run off into streets, streams and basements. If you live in a flood-prone area stay alert overnight.
Flash Flood Watch still in effect for most of Minnesota until Monday afternoon.
Here We Go Again. High-res visible satellite imagery from NOAA and WeatherTap shows a very sloppy frontal zone just to our south, strong T-storms flaring up along that boundary, pushing potentially heavy rain back into Minnesota. There's even a slight chance of an MCS (meso-convective system) forming overnight, capable of torrential rains and frequent lightning. The short-term flood risk is not over yet.
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After our heavy snow late Saturday, I have good news: a fairly quiet week is ahead! Highs will be in the 30s and 40s - allowing for our fresh, new snow to quickly melt. The next chance of precip. - which won't move in until Wednesday Night - looks to be rain and snow. Click for details! - D.J. Kayser
2 hefty storms in 2 days? Just like the Minnesota I remember back in the 80s, when it snowed with some regularity. Travel tonight will be messy, but I expect fairly rapid recovery on area highways Sunday with a higher sun angle and highs approaching 40F next week keeping roads wet. Time to stock up on windshield solution.
Ah...so THIS is what's supposed to happen during the winter months. Frozen water. What a concept. We get a brief respite today before the next storm approaches from the south Saturday, brimming with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Another 6-8" during the PM hours Saturday? Odds favor a very plowable amount.
Snow lovers may have reason to smile (or at least grin) in the coming days as 2 systems push into Minnesota. Two plowable snowfalls in the span of about 48-72 hours. Even though temperatures rise well into the 30s for highs next week it would be premature to write off winter just yet.
It's still not nearly as nasty-cold as it was 4 winters ago. The winter of 2013-2014 was the coldest since 1936, a true (and increasingly rare) pioneer winter. Meteorological winter has been a few degrees colder than average, but the entire heating season (since last August) is actually running a little warmer than average. We warm up into the 30s next week, but short-term there's another chance for accumulating snow late Thursday; possibly enough to shovel and plow.