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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