Tornado Warning. The Twin Cities office of the NWS has issued a Tornado Warning for the Marshall area. A line of strong to severe storms is blossoming south and west of the Twin Cities, with heavy rain likely in the metro by midnight or 1 AM. Some locations in central and southern Minnesota could pick up another 1-3" of rain overnight with isolated 4-5" amounts. Details on the Tornado Warning:
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED TORNADO WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD 1028 PM CDT WED JUN 18 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SIOUX FALLS HAS ISSUED A
* TORNADO WARNING FOR... NORTHEASTERN LYON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 1100 PM CDT
* AT 1026 PM CDT...A CONFIRMED TORNADO WAS LOCATED 3 MILES NORTHEAST OF MARSHALL...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 10 MPH.
HAZARD...DAMAGING TORNADO AND HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL.
SOURCE...RADAR 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 LIKELY.
* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR... COTTONWOOD AROUND 1050 PM CDT.
TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.
TORNADOES ARE DIFFICULT TO SEE AND CONFIRM AT NIGHT. TAKE COVER NOW.
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Meteorologists may actually have something to track on their weather maps, after months of synchronized boredom and a parade of lackluster Alberta Clippers. The pattern has shifted, southern moisture will fuel a storm tracking just south of Minnesota early next week, and the result may be a significant pile of snow very close to home.
I know, I know. You've heard the hype before. It starts out with "looks like significant snow!" Within 3-4 days it's "looks like flurries!" I don't blame you for being skeptical. So am I. But the pattern has shifted, we are getting moisture from the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico with a storm track south/east of Minnesota, possibly favorable for heavy snow for parts of Minnesota. It could be a pile, very plowable for portions of central Minnesota, maybe the metro - although I still think something will come along to gum up the snowfall potential for MSP. We'll see, but at least there's a chance Sunday night into Monday.
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