Storms with heavy tropical downpours dumped locally heavy rainfall totals in scattered areas overnight.
NEXRAD storm total rainfall shows bands of heavy rain with 2-3″ near Marshall and the south end of Lake MIlle Lacs Saturday night.
Heat and humidity return today, with temperatures in the low 90s and plenty of humidity with dew points in the 70s.
Expect scattered T-Storms in central Minnesota and the metro and western Wisconsin into Sunday morning. A few may be severe.
Storms now near Alexandria are moving very slooooowly down I-94. It looks like they may not reach the metro until after 11pm at the earliest and more likely after midnight. There is also a trend that suggests they may stay north or clip mainly the northern metro…depending on movement.
There were a few reports of severe weather and tornadoes sighted earlier this evening with these storms.
MPX: Evansville [Douglas Co, MN] fire dept/rescue reports TSTM WND DMG at 08:12 PM CDT — most of the city lost power.
MPX: 3 W Evansville [Douglas Co, MN] fire dept/rescue reports TORNADO at 08:05 PM CDT —
FGF: 7 S Wahpeton [Richland Co, ND] public reports TORNADO at 06:30 PM CDT — powerlines down and debris carried into a field per spotter report near tyler.
FGF: 3 Wnw Tenney [Wilkin Co, MN] storm chaser reports TORNADO at 06:25 PM CDT —
fgfchat 2010/08/07 6:27 PM iembot FGF: 3 W Campbell [Wilkin Co, MN] trained spotter reports TORNADO at 06:26 PM CDT —
fgfchat 2010/08/07 6:25 PM iembot FGF: 5 Se Wahpeton [Wilkin Co, MN] emergency mngr reports FUNNEL CLOUD at 06:16 PM CDT — funnel cloud
Storms will likely develop along a line from south of Fargo to near Alexandria this evening, and then move east southeast along the I-94 corridor toward St. Cloud and the Twin Cities later tonight.
It looks like the most likely scenario is for storms to approach the metro well after dark, possibly after midnight.
The primary threats will be damaging winds; large hail and torrential rains, but there may be a few tornadoes possible tonight, especially between Fargo and St. Cloud.
Latest warnings here:
I think the metro will likely be storm free this evening, but keep an eye out for possible warnings later tonight.