Severe Storms Race East - Rapid Clearing This Evening
July 7, 2014 — 6:55pm
NWS Doppler: 6:45 PM. Radar shows a line of severe storms from Hudson to Hastings and Northfield. There were numerous reports of 1 to 1.5" diameter hail from near Shakopee to Burnsville and Bloomington with these storms. Here's the latest warning from the local Twin Cities NWS:
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 640 PM CDT MON JUL 7 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... SOUTHEASTERN DAKOTA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... GOODHUE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA... EAST CENTRAL RICE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... SOUTHEASTERN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... SOUTHWESTERN PEPIN COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN... PIERCE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN...
* UNTIL 745 PM CDT
* AT 638 PM CDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM AFTON STATE PARK TO 7 MILES NORTH OF CANNON FALLS TO FARIBAULT...AND MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.
HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS.
SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED. TREE DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED WITH THIS STORM.
IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... RIVER FALLS...RED WING...ELLSWORTH...KINNICKINNIC STATE PARK... CANNON FALLS...FRONTENAC STATE PARK...LAKE BYLLESBY...POINT DOUGLAS...PRESCOTT...DENNISON...NERSTRAND...MIESVILLE...KENYON... WASTEDO...DIAMOND BLUFF...WELCH...BOMBAY...HADER...BELDENVILLE AND HAGER CITY.
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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.
Another coating of snow is expected today as a weak clipper drifts overhead. It may be considerably more than a coating late Sunday into Monday as colder air approaches. A few inches of snow coupled with 30+ mph winds will whip up the snow already on the ground, resulting in poor travel conditions, especially outside the metro area. It does turn colder next week, but nothing brutal, considering it's February in Minnesota...
A few nuisance snows are on the way; one today, another coating to 1" possible tomorrow, maybe some blowing and drifting on Super Bowl Sunday as colder air approaches. Enjoy a fleeting weekend thaw, because February chill returns next week. Long-range models still hint at a Pacific thaw the latter half of February, but winter isn't nearly done with us yet.
I know, imagine that: it actually snowed like they said it would, in fact a little more than they said it would. Most spots in the metro wound up with 5-10", as much as a foot in Oakdale. Nice to see it can still snow in the Twin Cities. A slow AM commute gives way to a much better drive home later today; moderate temperatures into Super Bowl Sunday. And then next week we all get a rude reminder that it's still February.