Confirmed Tornado. The risk appears greatest near Providence and Dawson, a confirmed tornado racing north at 25 mph. Details from the Twin Cities NWS:
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
425 PM CDT MON MAR 31 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTH CENTRAL LAC QUI PARLE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 445 PM CDT
* AT 422 PM CDT...A CONFIRMED TORNADO WAS LOCATED 12 MILES NORTHEAST
OF CANBY...AND MOVING NORTH AT 25 MPH.
HAZARD...DAMAGING TORNADO AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.
SOURCE...WEATHER SPOTTERS CONFIRMED TORNADO.
IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. DAMAGE
TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE DAMAGE IS
* THE TORNADO WILL AFFECT MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF SOUTH CENTRAL LAC QUI
PARLE COUNTY...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...PROVIDENCE AND
You Can't Make This Stuff Up. Taking weather-whiplash to a new level, the tornado warning is taking place in a county covered by blizzard warnings and winter weather advisories, now in effect over far western Minnesota for near white-out conditions tonight from snow whipped along by 40 mph winds.
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A fairly impressive spring storm will bring widespread rain and snow showers to the region through the day. Some across the western and northern part of the state will wake up to slushy snow accumulations, while those in the metro and southeastern Minnesota will continue to see cold rain showers. See more in the blog! -Todd Nelson
Rain will move in Sunday to southern Minnesota, bringing potentially over an inch of moisture with it through the early part of the week. While a few flakes may mix in (mainly early Monday then again Monday Night), the best chance of any accumulating (and plowable) snow will be off to the north and west of the metro. Click for more details! - D.J. Kayser
Look at the bright side, we could be tracking tornadic thunderstorms....or flash flooding...or river flooding...or wildfires. A little slush won't hurt anyone on Monday, and whatever falls should be gone by Tuesday. 75-150 miles north and west of MSP may be a different story with enough snow to shovel and scrape, delighting locals! Hard to believe but we should be in the 60s next weekend as spring stages a comeback. Whew...
Oh brother. The entire weather blog should be a series of apologetic disclaimers today. We still don't know what we don't know, but models continue to suggest accumulating slush late in the weekend, especially Sunday night when we lose the sun's infrared radiation. No problems today; the sun may even peek through. Saturday looks tolerable, but Sunday will be a good Netflix-day with a cold rain mixing with or even changing to wet snow late. Monday, the 1st day of May, could bring plowable amounts of snow to portions of Minnesota. Where those heavy snow bands will set up is anyone's guess right now. Stay tuned.
Well, at least you won't be distracted by blue sky and chirping birds anytime soon - easier to focus on work, school and errands. Flurries may provide a mild jolt today; models still hinting at accumulating slush by Monday (but it's wildly premature to speculate about amounts). Spring fever returns in roughly one week. That's the thing about spring - across most of the USA it's taken as a foregone conclusion. Here in Minnesota, not so much. Minnesotans earn their springs.