Tornado Watch Southwest and South Central Minnesota until 11 PM. SPC has issued a Tornado Watch into the latest evening hours - which includes St. James, Fairmont, Redwood Falls, Marshall and Pipestone - where conditions are ripe for more supercell T-storms capable of large hail and isolated tornadoes. There is sufficient wind shear and instability for a few tornadoes over southwestern Minnesota, but the risk subsides after dark. This watch does not include the Twin Cities metro area. NWS Doppler radar at 5:13 PM.
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Yeah, I'm not too proud to admit that 45F felt pretty, pretty good yesterday. OK, so our weather expectations are supernaturally low, but so it goes. Flurries taper this morning with sunshine returning Friday and a pretty nice Saturday. Relatively quiet weather lingers into early next week, but before and during Thanksgiving there's a potential for accumulating snow. Because why should it be convenient?
People want certainty in an uncertain world. The models are pretty good (looking out 24-48 hours) but beyond that should come with a warning label. One week out we could be dealing with significant snow close to home, but it's much too early for specifics. 1-2 days before Thanksgiving? Talk about lousy timing...
So we're coming up on Thanksgiving, and my weather-expectations are even lower than usual. No real weather headaches until the middle of next week, when a significant storm may impact Minnesota and the entire Upper Midwest. Until then relatively mild weather lingers into the weekend - rain for MSP, but a couple inches of slushy snow possible up north late Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
Another cloudy day is on tap Monday with some rain showers in the afternoon and evening hours. Highs will be in the 40s through mid-week before they cool down slightly for Thursday and Friday. Click for more details. - D.J. Kayser
Flurries taper this morning; another clipper drops a light mix of rain and snow late Monday. The overall pattern won't favor big storms capable of significant precipitation for at least the next 2 weeks. We cool off a little by Thanksgiving, but the outlook is promising for travel plans. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson