SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 712 PM CDT MON MAR 19 2012 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... SOUTHERN ANOKA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... EASTERN CARVER COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... HENNEPIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... NORTH CENTRAL SCOTT COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... NORTHEASTERN WRIGHT COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA... * UNTIL 745 PM CDT * AT 708 PM CDT...RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM...CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR CHASKA...OR ABOUT 17 MILES SOUTHWEST OF PLYMOUTH...AND MOVING NORTH AT 50 MPH. LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE... PLYMOUTH... MINNEAPOLIS... CHASKA... CARVER... SHAKOPEE... MARYSTOWN... COLOGNE... PRIOR LAKE... SAVAGE... WACONIA... EDEN PRAIRIE... CHANHASSEN... VICTORIA... ST BONIFACIUS... SHOREWOOD... COON RAPIDS... PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM...PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. SEEK SHELTER NOW INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.
56MPH WIND GUST REPORTED OUT OF GLENVILLE
TREES REPORTED DOWN IN ALBERT LEA
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Monday turned out a little nicer than expected: low 70s with glimmers of sun. I think it sprinkled for 3 minutes or so. Not bad at all. We got all that "nice weather" out of the way, now it's time for a little payback, served runny and cold. Just rain today into much of Wednesday, but enough cold air may mix down for a slushy mix Wednesday PM, even an inch of snow close to the MSP metro by Thursday morning. Spring in Minnesota is a cool, cruel mistress. You'll see.
OK, so it will be tough topping this past weekend for beauty and splendor. Highs near 70s with generous sunshine, at least from the Twin Cities on south. North of MSP it got gray and chilly in a hurry. A few showers pop today with more 60s, and then a relapse arrives with jacket-worthy 40s, maybe even a few inches of slushy snow by Wednesday across parts of central and northern Minnesota. Isn't April fun?
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What can you say about Saturday? As fine a day as I can ever remember (anytime, anywhere). Extraordinary doesn't quite sum it up adequately. I expect more clouds today, even a shower north of MSP this morning, but we should see more 60s today and Monday before a reality check on Tuesday. Probably just a cold rain in the metro but a slushy surprise may await parts of central and northern Minnesota by Tuesday night. I can hardly wait!
Good luck staying indoors the next couple of days. Plan on enough sun for upper 60s to near 70F, with low humidity and a reasonable bug count. A few showers and T-storms Monday mark the leading edge of a cooler front, but nothing too traumatic is brewing in the 7-Day.
Now we're getting the sloppy storms we should have experienced in March. Back in February we were getting weather more typical of early April. Makes perfect sense to me. The sun stays out most of today and Saturday, your faith in a Minnesota spring restored. At least for the moment. If you listen carefully you can almost hear your lawn growing...