Rain fades: Wonderful Wednesday ahead

Update: 6pm:

Rain is fading as it tracks north and east gradually away from Minnesota tonight.

Look for high pressure to bring a sunny, dry, spectacular Wednesday. After the much needed rainfall and a very gloomy 1st half of June, Wednesday may be one of those weather days where “you can please most of the people, most of the time.”

Expect plenty of sunshine and highs in the lower 80s in southern Minnesota. Highs should reach the very comfortable upper 70s to near 80 in northern Minnesota, except cooler 60s along the North Shore.

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The Twin Cities NWS issued tornado warnings this afternoon for eastern Minnesota western Wisconsin. The primary area of concern is generally north and east of the Twin Cities from Lake Mille Lacs to Hinckley and Rice Lake, but there are a few isolated storms moving from southwest to northeast in the metro as well.

The warnings are for “radar indicated” storms…which means no severe weather had been sighted at the time of issuance.

The weather pattern is not conducive to long lived damaging tornadic supercell storms today. But, there is just enough spin to produce possible “cold air funnel” type storms. Cold air funnels are small funnels that rarely touch down, but can do damage if they do.

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Cold air funnel in July 2009 near Cokato

Stay alert for rapidly changing weather today.

Here are some storm reports as they come in:

DLH: 3 Sw Pine City [Pine Co, MN] trained spotter reports HEAVY RAIN of M2.10 INCH at 04:58 PM CDT — 2.1 inches of rain in 1 hour.

DLH: 5 Sw Pine City [Pine Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of quarter size (E1.00 INCH) at 03:42 PM CDT — hail up to quarter size…stripping a few leaves off maple trees.

Twin Cities NWS latest warnings

Duluth NWS latest


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