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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Remind me not to complain about the weather anytime soon. Parts of California have seen so much snow they called out the National Guard to help. More tornadoes will skip across the Mid South later today, while interior New England braces for over a foot of slushy snow Friday into Saturday. Minnesota? Mostly 50s, no big storms, nothing severe in sight. Whew...
Tuesday wasn't hard to take with blue sky and 60s, a dazzling preview of coming attractions. Our weather sours today as clouds thicken; a few showers possibly by tonight, but most of the action sails off to our south again. With tornadoes and hail buffeting the south and a possibly (significant) snowstorm brewing from Michigan to New England by late week I'm counting my weather blessings more than usual these days.
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If you liked yesterday you'll love today and adore tomorrow. Our weekend weather was an acquired taste, but at least it didn't snow - or tornado. The pattern is ripe for more severe storm outbreaks over the southern half of the USA but big storms track south of Minnesota. Temperatures slowly mellow into next week; highs mostly in the 50s.
We stare out the window at a smear of stratus clouds Sunday, some thick enough to leak drizzle and light rain showers. Temperatures mellow later this week with a streak of 50s and relatively dry, quiet weather into next weekend as significant storms sail south of Minnesota. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson