Posted at 2:47 AM on August 8, 2009
by Paul Huttner
Heavy rains overnight along an active warm front dupmed 3" to over 4" of rain in some areas in and around the metro. NWS storm total doppler rainfall estimates show the heaviest band from near Glencoe to Norwood, Young America, Chaska, Shakopee and through the south metro into Wisconsin.
MPX: Shakopee [Scott Co, MN] law enforcement reports FLASH FLOOD at 02:10 AM CDT -- county dispatch reported cars stalled out in high water at several locations across shakopee.
The sun should break out into a steamy air mass Saturday. This will likely trigger another round of storms Saturday afternoon and evening in much of central Minnesota near the front. The rainfall is welcome. We could do without the severe weather but it's been a quiet summer and the law of averages says we're due. Keep an eye and ear out this weekend for severe storms.
With the front draped right near the Twin Cities Saturday we could see a big temperature contrast from north to south. It could be in the 90s in Lakeville and closer to 80 in Elk River. If the front slides north, the entire metro could simmer in the 90s.
Farmers around Minnesota could use some heat to develop crops in the next week. Good news, it looks like heat is on the way.
Here are some resources to keep track of severe weather this weekend.