Doppler At 3:20 pm. The NWS has issued a new Tornado Warning:
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED TORNADO WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 313 PM CDT TUE JUN 21 2011
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* TORNADO WARNING FOR... CENTRAL ANOKA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... NORTHEASTERN HENNEPIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... EXTREME NORTHWESTERN RAMSEY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 345 PM CDT
* AT 312 PM CDT...RADAR INDICATED A STORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF THE STORM WAS NEAR SPRING LAKE PARK...OR OVER SPRING LAKE PARK...AND MOVING NORTH AT 30 MPH.
* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE... SPRING LAKE PARK... MOUNDS VIEW... BLAINE... OAK PARK... COON RAPIDS... ANDOVER...
WHEN A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED BASED ON RADAR...IT MEANS THAT STRONG ROTATION HAS BEEN DETECTED IN THE STORM. A TORNADO MAY ALREADY BE ON THE GROUND...OR IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP SHORTLY.
TORNADO WATCH 532 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM CDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: MINNESOTA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE ANOKA, CHISAGO, DAKOTA, GOODHUE HENNEPIN, HOUSTON, ISANTI, RAMSEY, SHERBURNE, WABASHA, WASHINGTON, WINONA AND WRIGHT.
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I couldn't help but notice how bad the roads were last night with a lousy half inch of snow (on top of glaze ice in some areas). Travel conditions improve today with relative warmth through the middle of the week. The arrival of a real cold front could still set off a few inches by Thursday. A week from Saturday there will be no doubt in your mind that it's late December.
Yes, these are the "good 'ol days", at least in terms of tolerable temperatures. Highs reach the 30s from this weekend into Wednesday of next week, followed by a pre-Christmas temperature tumble. Nothing shriek-worthy, but within 7 days there will be NO doubt in your mind that winter is not to be trifled within across the Upper Midwest.
At this point the Twin Cities metro is running an 11 inch snowfall deficit, to date. And I don't see a major shift in the pattern anytime soon, at least through the end of December - no big snow events as long as prevailing jet stream winds are howling from the northwest. Temperatures run 5-10F warmer than average into Thursday of next week, then a numbing smack just in time for Christmas.
Tuesday was colder than average, but the latest in a series of clippers pulls slightly milder air into town today, a mix of very light snow or freezing drizzle possible - and a few roads may ice up. Relatively mild weather spills over into the first half of next week. And then a punch of Canadian air arrives - just in time for Christmas. Still no big storms of any flavor in sight.
Considering the Winter Solstice is now a little more than a week away, I can't say I'm surprised that we may see a true arctic slap around Christmas. Details are hazy, but both NOAA and ECMWF models hint at a precipitous drop in temperature by the end of next week. Until then a few clippers, nuisance amounts of snow, and temperatures trending above average.