Strong Storms Pushing Across Metro Area - Severe Storm Watch Until Midnight
July 7, 2014 — 5:31pm
Strong Storms Pushing In. NWS Doppler radar at 5:24 PM shows heavy T-storms from Elk River to Lake Minnetonka, with a solid line of heavy weather from Little Falls and St. Cloud south to Hutchinson and Gaylord. Expect 1/2 to 1" diameter hail, very heavy rain, and winds gusting over 50 mph with a few of these storms.
Severe Storm Watch until Midnight. NOAA SPC has issued a Storm Watch; the primary risks are large hail and damaging straight-line winds. The Twin Cities are included in the watch area, along with Rochester, Mankato, La Crosse and Madison.
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We have been spoiled, pampered, for many months now. It was a balmy, super-sized autumn with people boating and mowing their lawns into early November. Remember? Now it's time for payback. A couple waves of arctic air will sweep southward, starting next week. There may still be accumulating snow next Wednesday and Thursday, with wind chills at or below zero the end of next week. A second, even colder shot arrives within 2 weeks with air temperatures possibly dipping below zero. January comes early this winter.
It's not the chill or even the snow/ice that bugs me this time of year. It's all those commercials on the radio. That, and a lack of sunlight. Or daylight for that matter. I swear the sun sets right after lunch. Christmas lights help, but what would really brighten things up is a fresh shellacking of snow! That could still happen next week as a real cold front arrives on howling northwest winds. It's time.
A light mix today turns to mostly wet snow showers and flurries tonight - a candy coating of slush is possible on lawns and fields, but if you're looking for plowable snow head west toward the Dakotas. We cool off into Friday and then warm up into the 40s early next week before a surge of much colder air arrives the latter half of next week. This numbing surge may spin up a major storm close to home. Too early for much speculation, but if you're traveling the middle of next week you'll want to stay up on the latest forecast.
Yes, it was odd tracking a line of heavy thunderstorms on the 28th day of November. But much of the year has been odd. Tell that to residents of Waseca, where a whopping 53.78" of rain has fallen, a new statewide annual record, and we still have a month to go. Yesterday's storm drags colder air into town with mixed precipitation coating lawns and fields by Wednesday and Thursday. No big storms brewing, just a cold smack the end of next week. Canada's way of saying "welcome to meteorological winter!"
Thick fog prevented temperatures from rising as fast as expected yesterday; there's still a good chance of hitting 50F today, in spite of lingering showers. We cool down starting tomorrow with 30s the latter half of the week - maybe a candy coating of slushy snow on lawns. No big storms are brewing, but extended models are hinting at (real) cold about 2 weeks away. That, and what just happened in Australia? Thunderstorm asthma was a new one for me - these freakish and potentially deadly events may happen with greater frequency in the future for a variety of reasons. Details in the blog.