"Hailers". NWS Doppler at 6:18 PM. 1.5" diameter hail has been reported in Bloomington and Burnsville, the most severe T-storms pushing across the south metro. Here's the latetest Severe Storm Warning valid until 7 PM for much of the southern Twin Cities. Most of the storms will be out of the metro by 8 PM. Details from NOAA:
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 613 PM CDT MON JUL 7 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... DAKOTA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... SOUTHEASTERN HENNEPIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... NORTHEASTERN LE SUEUR COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... NORTHERN RICE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... EASTERN SCOTT COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... SOUTHWESTERN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 700 PM CDT
* AT 612 PM CDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM EDINA TO 6 MILES WEST OF BURNSVILLE TO LE CENTER... AND MOVING EAST AT 55 MPH.
HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND NICKEL SIZE HAIL.
IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... MSP INTL AIRPORT...BURNSVILLE...FARIBAULT...RICHFIELD...MALL OF AMERICA...FORT SNELLING...EAGAN...LAKEVILLE...NORTHFIELD...CREDIT RIVER...VESELI...KILKENNY...LONSDALE...APPLE VALLEY...MENDOTA HEIGHTS...SOUTH ST PAUL AIRPORT...WEBSTER...ELKO NEW MARKET... SUNFISH LAKE AND LAKEVILLE AIRPORT.
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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.