Strong Storms Moving Across Metro - Street Flooding Likely (Tornado Watch until 9 PM)
May 8, 2014 — 6:42pm
Doppler Radar at 6:40 PM. NWS Twin Cities Doppler shows another band of heavy T-storms pushing across the metro, capable of 1"+ rains and minor flooding. The main cool front is pushing into Willmar and Redwood Falls. Until it passes later tonight conditions will remain ripe for strong to severe storms. A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 9 PM, but a lack of significant sunshine/surface heating may limit the potential for the most extreme storms over the next few hours.
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We are transitioning to a somewhat milder, significantly stormier pattern in the days and weeks to come. Instead of being lashed by a parade of clippers whipping up powder and cringe-worthy wind chills, a more southerly flow could mean heavier (wetter) snow, possibly mixed with rain and ice at times. But at least we stand a somewhat better chance of accumulating snow - without subzero temperatures to complain about.
If you enjoyed Monday you will positively relish today's weather: blue sky, less wind...single digit highs! Sounds like fun. Imagine how good 20s will feel tomorrow; 30s Thursday into Saturday before cooling off a bit next week (back down to average - not arctic). The arrival of this cooler front may set off a period of snow Sunday - still early for specifics.
Cold air is filtering back in for the beginning of the week. Highs will barely make it to zero in the Twin Cities Monday, and they will stay below zero across western Minnesota. I do have 30s in the forecast, though! Click into the blog to find out when. - D.J. Kayser
Sunday's clipper should drop 2-3 inches of powder; as much as 4 inches in a few suburbs. Enough to plow, enough to slow down drive times. Take it easy out there. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
If it's any consolation...the sun will be out today, and Monday and Tuesday. Days are getting longer, the sun angle is already higher - average temperatures finally start to budge upward after January 17 or so - and sure enough a warming trend is likely by the latter half of next week. Once again 30s will feel supernaturally good. Sunday's clipper may drop a quick 2-3" of snow, enough to grease up roads. We may be sliding into a stormier pattern in general - with slightly moderating temperatures may come a northward shift in the (main) storm track, which may bode well for snow lovers. Then again I may have frostbite on the brain...