Tornado Watch until 9 PM (greatest risk of severe storms Twin Cities between 6-8 pm)
August 6, 2013 — 5:26pm
Tracking Supercells. It's the isolated cells, out ahead of the main squall line, that often spin up the largest hail and the most tornadoes. The supercell north of Willmar has a history of rotation - no confirmed tornadoes on the ground, but conditions will be ripe into the evening hours. These strong/severe T-storms reach the Twin Cities between 6-7 PM. Details on the latest NWS Tornado Warning:
...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHWESTERN KANDIYOHI
COUNTY UNTIL 545 PM CDT...
AT 517 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO
WAS LOCATED 14 MILES NORTH OF WILLMAR...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 40
HAZARD...TORNADO AND GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL.
SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.
IMPACT...MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. DAMAGE TO
ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. FLYING DEBRIS WILL
BE DEADLY TO PEOPLE AND ANIMALS. TREE DAMAGE IS LIKELY.
LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
NEW LONDON AND SPICER.
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
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Enjoy the warmth through the middle of the week, as a blast of cold air will start to move in just in time for Christmas. Yes, we'll "welcome" highs in the single digits back to the region next weekend. This cold blast will also come with snow Wednesday-Thursday. Click for more information! - D.J. Kayser
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.