Several tornado warnings and watches popped up Wednesday evening across southeastern Minnesota as severe weather raced across the area, but no touchdowns, injuries or major damage were reported.
Heavy rain and large hail fell in many areas, and some wall clouds and rotation were reported, but there were no confirmed tornado sightings, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Melissa Dye.
At one point during the evening, the NWS regional office in Chanhassen listed a cornucopia of conditions on its website, all at the same time — tornado watches and warnings, winter storm warnings and winter weather and wind advisories.
By 9 p.m., the warnings had dissipated in southern Minnesota, but high winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour continued through the night.
According to meteorologist Paul Douglas, the earliest Minnesota tornadoes ever reported came on March 5, 2017, when three touched down.
Heavy snow and high winds continued to create hazardous conditions in northern Minnesota. A 57-year-old man was killed about 7:45 p.m. in St. Louis County when his vehicle slid off icy Canosia Road. His name has not been released.