Lingering showers, T-Showers (severe storm risk mainly over Wisconsin)
May 29, 2013 — 4:54pm
Dodging A Bullet. The greatest potential for hail and damaging winds will come south and east of a line from Owatonna to Hastings, deeper into the moist, unstable air. Showers are weakening around the metro area - with a little planning and luck you may be able to salvage a ball game or walk around the lake close to MSP as the strongest storms race across Wisconsin. NWS Doppler radar at 4:48 pm.
Severe Storm Watch. NOAA SPC has issued a Storm Watch for much of Wisconsin and far southeastern Minnesota until 10 pm. This is where the most intense T-storms should materialize, with a possibilty of a bow-echo capable of damaging straight-line winds. Storms may approach severe limits in the Twin Cities, but I'm more concerned about flash flooding than tornadoes and damaging winds.
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Getting to (real) spring is always a struggle. Weather never moves in a straight line - it's a messy tug of war. Warm air can't just push cold air out of the way; winter has to retreat on its own - and that just takes time (and patience at this latitude). Showery rains are likely today into Saturday morning, but next week will look and feel more like spring.
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