Hail Potential South Metro. Doppler radar at 3 pm shows a line of strong/severe T-storms developing south of the Twin Cities, some capable of 1-2" diameter hail. A Severe Storm Watch is in effect for much of Wisconsin until 11 PM. Here are details on the warnings posted just south of MSP:
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
252 PM CDT WED AUG 21 2013
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN LE SUEUR COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
NORTHEASTERN NICOLLET COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
SCOTT COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
SOUTHEASTERN SIBLEY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 330 PM CDT
* AT 249 PM CDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 7 MILES SOUTH OF SHAKOPEE TO 6 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MN
VALLEY STATE REC AREA TO GAYLORD...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 20 MPH.
HAZARD...QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND 60 MPH WIND GUSTS.
IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO
ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
NEW PRAGUE...HENDERSON...RUSH RIVER...NORSELAND...ST BENEDICT...
HELENA...CREDIT RIVER...LE SUEUR...CRYSTAL BAY AND OTTAWA.
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Ah...so THIS is what's supposed to happen during the winter months. Frozen water. What a concept. We get a brief respite today before the next storm approaches from the south Saturday, brimming with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Another 6-8" during the PM hours Saturday? Odds favor a very plowable amount.
Snow lovers may have reason to smile (or at least grin) in the coming days as 2 systems push into Minnesota. Two plowable snowfalls in the span of about 48-72 hours. Even though temperatures rise well into the 30s for highs next week it would be premature to write off winter just yet.
It's still not nearly as nasty-cold as it was 4 winters ago. The winter of 2013-2014 was the coldest since 1936, a true (and increasingly rare) pioneer winter. Meteorological winter has been a few degrees colder than average, but the entire heating season (since last August) is actually running a little warmer than average. We warm up into the 30s next week, but short-term there's another chance for accumulating snow late Thursday; possibly enough to shovel and plow.
February is the bleakest month for many of us - March can't come fast enough. Sure it snows in March, but snow usually melts within a day or 2, and temperatures reach the 30s and 40s - almost a bargain compared to January. Then again, the Twin Cities has cold weather boasting rights for the USA - 5th coldest (big) city in the world? Bold North indeed.