Severe Storms Mankato - St. Peter Area. The Twin Cities office of the NWS has issued a severe storm warning for some quarter-size hail. The storm cluster is moving north at 30 mph, and may impact the Twin Cities between 10 PM and Midnight. More strong to severe storms are lining up from Litchfield to Cambridge, capable of hail and enough rain for localized flash flooding. It looks like a long and noisy night.
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 858 PM CDT WED MAY 7 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... CENTRAL BLUE EARTH COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... WEST CENTRAL LE SUEUR COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... EASTERN NICOLLET COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 1000 PM CDT
* AT 855 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 6 MILES SOUTH OF MANKATO...AND MOVING NORTH AT 30 MPH.
HAZARD...QUARTER SIZE HAIL.
IMPACT...DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED.
* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR... MANKATO AROUND 905 PM CDT. ST PETER AROUND 930 PM CDT.
OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE EAGLE LAKE...NORTH MANKATO... MANKATO AIRPORT...KASOTA AND OTTAWA.
FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A BUILDING.
TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER CONTACT YOUR NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY. THEY WILL SEND YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES.
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Ah, so this is what they mean by "snow". I get it now - water actually freezes into fancy little ice crystals that stick together, gravity pulls them to the ground at an average speed of 3 mph. And traffic grinds to a halt on I-35. It's just snow folks, not billowing clouds of radioactivity. Couple inches of slush for most of us - but enough to lead the news and spark waves of indignant muttering about the weather. Southern Minnesota will see the heaviest snows, enough to shovel and plow and remind locals that they live in a far southern suburb of Winnipeg.
Yes, it looks more like Seattle (or London) than a typical Minnesota January day outside my window, but who am I to complain? Is 35F and gray better than sunny and 10F? Weather is subjective, but snow lovers and anyone trying to play hockey on an outdoor rink isn't very happy right now. We may see a few inches of slush late Tuesday and temperatures cool off slightly later in the week, but no Siberian Smacks are shaping up. Not yet.
We're stuck in a soggy rut and we can't seem to get out. Thanks to March-like temperatures, scattered rare January rain showers have helped to keep the snow melt on. The result is fog and low clouds mixed with drizzle... Ugh, I feel like a wet dog. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Mild temps and lingering light rain showers continue through the weekend. The mercury may dip just enough to coax a few wet flakes out the clouds on Sunday, but nothing will stick. We'll have a better chance of snow sticking early next week as a Pacific storm system moves into the Upper Midwest. Temps look fairly mild initially, which could make for sloppy event. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Closer to home, we settle into a somewhat soggy weather pattern with scattered light rain showers over the next few days. There may be a few wet snowflakes mixing in, but with highs flirting with 40 degrees through the weekend, streets remain mainly wet. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson