Wettest Day of the Week. NWS Doppler at 10:38 AM shows a line of heavy to strong storms pushing across the metro area: very heavy rain and small hail likely with a few of these cells. 1" diameter hail is estimated north of Hutchinson - I wouldn't be surprised to see a few severe storm warnings into midday. Rainfall amounts will exceed half an inch in some communities.
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I may be grasping at straws (or icicles) but there are numerous advantages to the chill. As annoying as it can be, there are benefits. Repeat that like a well-worn mantra in the coming days because we enjoy a dearth of warmth into Saturday - not as cold as mid-January, but cold enough for most of us. No big snows, no drama, just a noticeable lack of kinetic energy.
It was another mild, partly cloudy, partly-drizzly February weekend with highs near 40F, but reality sets in today - in fact this may be the second coldest week of winter. Nothing excessive, not even close to record territory, but neighbors will be grumbling about the wind chill by midweek.
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...