By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas
According to the National Weather Service, there were three verified tornadoes early Friday morning. All were rated EF0 with a lot of downburst damage from the south metro to Hudson, Wis. The severe weather that developed last week was just one of a few events this year. Interestingly, the number of severe thunderstorm warnings issued by the NWS Twin Cities is nearly 100 below average. In fact, much of the central and southern U.S. was well below average in terms of severe weather events.
A large area of low pressure responsible for heavy snow in the Canadian Rockies and across parts of the Pacific Northwest will slowly approach the Upper Midwest today. The result will be warm and windy weather across much of the state. High temps will approach 90 degrees in spots, which will be nearly 20 degrees above average for mid-September. That storm moves in tomorrow with widespread showers and storms, some of which could be strong with locally heavy rainfall. Highs fall to the 60s by midweek.