Driving Optional: More T-storms by Late Afternoon (4-8" amounts possible by tonight - rivaling Superstorm of 1987)
June 19, 2014 — 1:19pm
Last Wave of Heavy Weather Until Late Afternoon? NWS Doppler radar at 11:05 AM shows one more surge of torrential rain pushing across the metro area; another 1"+ likely on top of the 3-4" that has already fallen since midnight. Flash Flood Warnings remain in effect until at least 2:30 PM. Street and stream flooding is taking place, and in some areas flash flooding could rival the extreme flooding of 1987.
6.13" reported at Carver, southwest metro.
3.77" rain at Maple Plain.
* for the first time in 3 years no portion of Minnesota is in a drought. No kidding.
5 PM Future Radar. The map above shows NOAA's HRRR model solution for 5 PM Central Time, one more line of strong to potentially severe storms - and more heavy rain. At the rate we're going I wouldn't be surprised to see some 5-7"+ amounts for parts of the metro by tonight.
Severe Freeway Flooding South Metro. This image courtesy of KARE-11: "This is what Highway 77/Cedar Avenue looks like near the Mall of America in Bloomington after another deluge Thursday morning. Take an alternate route."
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I predict that many grills will be smoking this afternoon and possibly again for dinner tomorrow as a few optimistic thermometers tickle 70 degrees late in the afternoon! We still need more warmth to knock out that lake ice. The Fishing Opener is only 3 weekends away and some lakes still have feet of ice up north! Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
I am happy to report that our first 60 degree highs of 2018 are in the forecast this weekend, which would be the first since around Thanksgiving, nearly 5 months ago! I predict that many will feel feverish today with raging spring fever setting in Monday as we make a run 70 across parts of the state. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
It's been a long, snowy slog, but spring will finally break out in the coming days with 50s giving way to a few 60s by next week. Most of the snow in your yard should be gone by Sunday or Monday (give or take a month). It's a dry pattern; in spite of a slight shower chance next Tuesday many towns in Minnesota should stay rain (and snow) free into most of next week. It's about time.
No question: we've earned our summer this year, more than most years. It was the coldest winter season in 4 years, with the most snow since 2010-2011. La Nina flavored our winter with a cold, wet bias, but I'd still bet a stale bagel next winter won't be as forbidding. Time will tell, but the headline is warmth, reluctant warmth is finally showing signs of paying Minnesota a visit. About time.
I'm as ready as you are to turn the page and celebrate the (very late) arrival of spring. We're almost there. Today's system may brush the metro with a coating of slush - maybe plowable for Rochester and Albert Lea but probably not in the metro area. Next week may restore some measure of faith in a fickle Minnesota spring.