Severe Storm Watch (strong to severe metro storms by late morning)
September 19, 2013 — 9:23am
Severe Potential. NWS Doppler radar at 9:22 AM, showing a squall line approaching - with a potential for large hail, damaging straight-line winds, even an isolated tornado. Doppler is estimating 1-2" diameter hail with some of these cells.
Severe Storm Watch. Conditions will remain ripe for severe storms into the afternoon hours over southeastern MN and much of northern and western Wisconsin. A Severe Storm Watch remains in effect until 4 PM this afternoon, which includes the metro area.
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A very nice spring day is expected Sunday as highs will climb to around 70 with a mix of sun and clouds. Rain chances do return next week, and parts of the state could certainly use a bit of rain at the moment. Click for more details! - D.J. Kayser
Many of us got our obligatory ration of rainwater last night as the first line of T-storms rumbled across the area. It was good hearing the sound of rain on the roof - we needed it. Expect a cloudier, cooler pattern over the weekend with a chance of a shower, but significant rains remain over far southern Minnesota and Iowa. Again.
The past few days have been something: warmth without the bugs and humidity and raging T-storms. The best of all worlds. You'll get one more chance to soak up July sunshine today with 80s likely. If we're lucky a few showers and T-storms will survive the trip into MSP later Saturday and Sunday.
The latest guidance keeps most of the heavy rain and T-storm activity well west of MSP into Saturday. Showers and storms are likely over west central and northern Minnesota, but if NOAA's 00z model run suite is on the right track, there may be few puddles in the immediate metro area.
It will be hard to top Tuesday, but today may come close with temperatures 5-8 degrees warmer - a great day to suffer May Flu and get out on your favorite lake, terrace or golf course. Good luck. A few T-storms flare up late Thursday, with Saturday (probably) the wettest day as a sloppy front limps across the state. Poor timing, but we'll take the rain. Sunday still looks like the better day to see if the lawnmower will start.