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Severe Storm Warnings Southwest Metro. NWS Doppler radar at 5:44 PM shows severe storms pushing across the south metro, where winds may gust over 60 mph with 1"+ diameter hail. Stating the obvious: rush hour will be a mess, and some tree damage and subsequent power outages are possible with this squall line. A Severe Storm Watch is in effect for much of southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, until midnight: Details on the latest warning from NOAA:
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
541 PM CDT MON JUL 7 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
CARVER COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
WESTERN LE SUEUR COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
EASTERN MCLEOD COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
NORTHERN NICOLLET COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
WESTERN SCOTT COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
EASTERN SIBLEY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 630 PM CDT
* AT 538 PM CDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 14 MILES NORTH OF GLENCOE TO 10 MILES NORTHEAST OF
GAYLORD TO 6 MILES NORTHEAST OF NEW ULM...AND MOVING EAST AT 40
HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND NICKEL SIZE HAIL.
IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
ST PETER...SHAKOPEE...WACONIA...MN VALLEY STATE REC AREA...
VICTORIA...CHASKA...CHANHASSEN...NEW SWEDEN...NEW ROME...NEW
RUSH RIVER...COLOGNE...LAKE WACONIA...NORSELAND...BELLE PLAINE AND
FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
Strong Storms Pushing In. NWS Doppler radar at 5:24 PM shows heavy T-storms from Elk River to Lake Minnetonka, with a solid line of heavy weather from Little Falls and St. Cloud south to Hutchinson and Gaylord. Expect 1/2 to 1" diameter hail, very heavy rain, and winds gusting over 50 mph with a few of these storms.
Severe Storm Watch until Midnight. NOAA SPC has issued a Storm Watch; the primary risks are large hail and damaging straight-line winds. The Twin Cities are included in the watch area, along with Rochester, Mankato, La Crosse and Madison.
Another Round. NWS Doppler radar at 4:33 PM shows heavy to severe T-storms pushing across western and central Minnesota; a Severe Storm Warning in the Willmar/Litchfield area for winds up to 60 mph and 1"+ diameter hail. These storms will impact the MSP metro area between 5 PM and 9 PM, some half inch rains, hail and damaging winds can't be ruled out.
6 PM Today - Strong to Severe Storms Pushing Through Twin Cities? This is from NOAA's 3 km HRRR model, which updates hourly and (consistently) shows a cluster or possible squall line of storms moving through by late afternoon and evening. Although dew points have dropped into the low and mid 60s behind yesterday's gusty cool front, there is still enough low-level moisture, instability and wind shear available for strong to severe storms. Although an isolated tornado can't be ruled out the primary risk is straight-line winds and large hail.