Update 9pm Friday
Look for a much quieter weekend as a cold front brings cooler and drier air to the region.
There will be just enough moisture for a few pop up storms Saturday afternoon and evening, so keep an eye to the western sky.
Sunday looks absolutley dry, pleasant and quiet.Look for plenty of sun, temperatures near 80 and dew points in the comfy 50s.
Cool front pushing through the metro as of 6:25pm. Storms still firing along the frontal zone, and will favor east and southeast metro before moving into Wisconsin this evening.
If you are ahead of the storms in Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota, stay alert for possible severe weather this evening.
MPX: Dresser [Polk Co, WI] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 04:40 PM CDT -- several trees and power lines down in and around dresser.
MPX: E Mckinley [Polk Co, WI] storm chaser reports TSTM WND DMG at 05:15 PM CDT -- numerous trees down...including one partially on highway 48.
ARX: Rochester [Olmsted Co, MN] broadcast media reports FLOOD at 06:21 PM CDT -- water into cars at apache mall
MPX: 8 Se Hudson [St. Croix Co, WI] trained spotter reports HAIL of penny size (E0.75 INCH) at 06:13 PM CDT --
DLH: 5 S Hayward [Sawyer Co, WI] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 06:00 PM CDT -- trees blown down in sawyer county...particularly the north woods beach area south of hayward.
Tornado reported near Mankato.
MPX continues Tornado Warning for Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Waseca [MN] till 6:30 PM CDT ...AT 545 PM CDT...TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS REPORTED NUMEROUS FUNNEL CLOUDS EAST AND SOUTH OF MANKATO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR EAGLE LAKE...OR 6 MILES NORTHEAST OF MANKATO...MOVING EAST AT 20 MPH.
MPX: 4 Ssw Mankato [Blue Earth Co, MN] amateur radio reports TORNADO at 05:35 PM CDT -- debris noted at ground.
MPX: Rice [Benton Co, MN] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 04:53 PM CDT -- 3 large 24 inch trees down blocking 2nd ave. ne
ARX: 7 Wnw Stewartville [Olmsted Co, MN] amateur radio reports FUNNEL CLOUD at 04:50 PM CDT -- reported near dodge county line by spotters and ham radio operators
DLH: 2 Sw Hinckley [Pine Co, MN] trained spotter reports FLASH FLOOD at 04:50 PM CDT -- 3 inches of rain in an hour. observer reported a lot of standing water even in grassy areas and ditches full.
Tornado watch continues for far southeast Minnesota until 10pm. Touchdowns have been reported.
ARX: 4 Sw Rochester [Olmsted Co, MN] trained spotter reports TORNADO at 04:40 PM CDT -- weak touchdown on county road 15 at 60th street sw near wildlife refuge
MPX: Hugo [Washington Co, MN] law enforcement reports HAIL of marble size (M0.50 INCH) at 04:30 PM CDT -- dime size
Storms in east metro dumping heay rain moving east into western Wisconsin. New line of storms developing west of the metro. Severe storms in progress along I-35 near Hinckley and tornadic storms near Rochester.
MPX: Milaca [Mille Lacs Co, MN] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 03:35 PM CDT -- tree on power line
MPX: 1 Ese St Augusta [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 04:00 PM CDT -- 8 inch tree down
MPX: Buffalo [Wright Co, MN] trained spotter reports FUNNEL CLOUD at 03:59 PM CDT -- winds to estimate 45 mph died and spotter noticed a large amount of rotation.
Tornado reported south of Kasson.
ARX continues Tornado Warning for Dodge, Olmsted [MN] till 5:00 PM CDT ...AT 355 PM CDT...TRAINED SPOTTERS REPORTED A TORNADO LOCATED 6 MILES SOUTH OF KASSON...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 15 MPH.
MPX: 1 Sse Clear Lake [Sherburne Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of quarter size (M1.00 INCH) at 03:40 PM CDT --
MPX: Clear Lake [Sherburne Co, MN] law enforcement reports FUNNEL CLOUD at 03:47 PM CDT -- report of rotation on highway 24 s of clear lake also report of quarter hail.
Massive bow echo in central Minnesota causing widespread wind damage. This storm has a history of 70 to 80mph winds. Take cover if you are in the path of this storm!
Numerous damage reports coming in from near St. Cloud.
MPX: Holdingford [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 01:54 PM CDT -- 3-27 inch trees down and scattered in all directions. power lines down between holdingford and royalton.
MPX: Melrose [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports TSTM WND GST of E54.00 MPH at 01:32 PM CDT --
MPX: Rice [Benton Co, MN] nws employee reports TSTM WND DMG at 03:20 PM CDT -- 18 wheeler blown over billboards blown down
MPX: 5 S St Cloud [Stearns Co, MN] co-op observer reports FLOOD at 02:16 PM CDT -- standing water covering roads
MPX: 1 E Rice [Benton Co, MN] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 03:18 PM CDT -- 6-8 inch trees down shed demolished on co. road 1
MPX: Sartell [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 03:05 PM CDT -- trees down
MPX: Rice [Benton Co, MN] mesonet reports TSTM WND GST of M74 MPH at 02:59 PM CDT --
MPX: 1 E Rice [Benton Co, MN] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 03:03 PM CDT -- several trees down on west lake drive
MPX: Rice [Benton Co, MN] fire dept/rescue reports TSTM WND GST of M50 MPH at 02:59 PM CDT --
MPX: Holdingford [Stearns Co, MN] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 02:54 PM CDT -- 20 inch tree down
SPC has issued a Severe Thunderstorms Watch until 10pm. The watch includes St. Cloud, the Twin Cities metro, Mankato and Rochester.
A line of storms is forming west of the metro and will sweep into the Twin Cities anytime after 4pm this afternoon.
The siege continues.
A cold front is moving through western Minnesota this afternoon. The front will eventually help scour out the heat wave and storms triggering tropical moisture. First, it is triggering another round of showers and thunderstorms as it sweeps eastward.
Expect more scattered rain showers and thunderstorms as we head through this evening.
Flooding rainfall overnight:
Check out these unbelievable rainfall totals from overnight. The full list is here, but I've posted a few highlights below.
-Twin Cities Airport 1.47"
-St. Paul 1.16"
-Eden Prairie 2.65"
-Lester Prairie 4"
The map below shows the incredible swaths of 3" to 4"+ rainfall that swept across Minnesota overnight.