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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Saturday was an acquired taste: thickening clouds and a chilling breeze - but at least it didn't snow...or flood...or tornado. Rain brushed the southern suburbs but that system moves out today and a drying northeast breeze triggers partial clearing. Temperatures mellow this week; a hint of summer warmth possible by next weekend.
Yes, there were reports of a little snow mixing in with a cold rain over west central Minnesota yesterday; temperatures in the lowest mile of the atmosphere just warm enough for rain in the metro. Things are greening up nicely and models are in agreement that it's going to warm up next week: 60s, 70s, even a shot at 80F. Spring fever returns with a vengeance next week.
I'd rather have 40s and rain than ankle-deep slush (or drought) showing up on the maps. It's supernaturally-green out there, and who can argue with a 7-month boating season again this year? Rain tapers later today with slight improvement by Friday. Saturday showers may pass just south of MSP with a warming trend next week. 70s in one week? Looks plausible...
If you liked yesterday you will love today's weather! Gray, windy and damp with another wave of showery rain pushing in from the southwest later on. The heaviest rains pass south of MSP, tapering tomorrow with a break on Friday before another band of showers arrives late Saturday. It will feel like spring again next week; if the planets align the mercury may kiss 80F the first weekend in May.