Posted at 7:01 AM on April 25, 2008
by Craig Edwards
A vigorous weather system will swing out of eastern Kansas through Minnesota during the next 18 hours. Colder air has already invaded western Minnesota with temperatures in the 30s and winds from the northwest gusting to near 30 mph.
On the warm side of this system temperatures and dew points were in the 60s in southeast Iowa. Showers and thunderstorms will continue to drench northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota throughout the day. It looks like the severe weather is most likely from north of St. Louis to about Rockford, Illinois.
On Wednesday we were enjoying sunshine and temperatures in the 70s across a large portion of Minnesota. Now nature is letting us know that the journey through spring includes a reality check of intrusions of chilly air.
If your travels take you to western and northwest Minnesota today and this evening be prepared for some nasty winter weather. Snow, blowing snow and raw wind chill readings will make it seem like you stepped back in time to early March.
Posted at 2:10 PM on April 25, 2008
by Paul Huttner
This is becoming the springtime of our discontent.
Another late season winter weather system is winding up through west central and northern Minnesota. As of this report, moderate to in some cases heavy snow is falling from near Sioux Falls, Huron, and Aberdeen, SD into Ortonville, Alexandria, and Little Falls, MN.
The Minnesota surface map below clearly shows the swirling wind barbs around the center of low pressure in eastern MN. Track the center as it moves through northern Wisconsin tonight.
Winter storm warnings are flying again in much of western and northern Minnesota. Another 6" to 12" swath of heavy wet springtime snow will fall between now and noon Saturday.
Here in the metro, we should see our chilly rain transition to wet snowflakes after dark to around midnight. We may see an inch or so of slushy snow on the grass by morning.
Only in Minnesota do you get 76 degrees, an inch of rain, severe thunderstorm warnings, and a possible foot of snow in 24 hours.
Welcome to the Super Bowl of weather.