Million Dollar Soaking (severe threat shifts south/east of MSP)
September 19, 2013 — 11:48am
Severe Threat Pushes Into Wisconsin. NWS Doppler at 11:37 AM. The initial gust front and heaviest rains are now pushing east of the St. Croix into Wisconsin, a nice, long soaking rain lingering into early afternoon, with heaviest amounts over central Minnesota, where some .50-.75"+ amounts are likely. We need this rain badly, and it could make a significant dent in our ongoing drought. Severe Storm Warnings are still posted between Mora and Shell Lake. Minor flash flooding has been reported in the Cambridge area, far northern suburbs. Tweet below courtesy of Seth Kaplan:
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No, we won't be cleaning up the yard or barbecuing anytime soon, but after a run of colder than average weather 30s will feel like a meteorological bargain next week - some guidance even hinting at 40s by the end of next week. Snow? A little here and there, but no headline-grabbing storms are brewing just yet.
I may be grasping at straws (or icicles) but there are numerous advantages to the chill. As annoying as it can be, there are benefits. Repeat that like a well-worn mantra in the coming days because we enjoy a dearth of warmth into Saturday - not as cold as mid-January, but cold enough for most of us. No big snows, no drama, just a noticeable lack of kinetic energy.
It was another mild, partly cloudy, partly-drizzly February weekend with highs near 40F, but reality sets in today - in fact this may be the second coldest week of winter. Nothing excessive, not even close to record territory, but neighbors will be grumbling about the wind chill by midweek.
We may see these conditions over southwestern Minnesota later today, where a Blizzard Watch has been posted. Get your travel done early from Alexandria and Willmar to Mankato; the drive home from that Super Bowl party may be pretty rough. Check the Blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
20s didn't feel too bad out there yesterday; today and Sunday (morning) should feel even better as temperatures flirt with freezing. Enjoy the attempted thaw, because a week from now temperatures may be dipping below zero. A couple of clippers are brewing; Sunday's swirl of low pressure will whip up 30-35 mph gusts capable of white-out conditions, especially Red River Valley and western Minnesota.