Nowcast: Heavy downpours & hail moving through metro core

Update 11:40pm:

MPX: 3 NE Cottage Grove [Washington Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of penny size (M0.75 INCH) at 11:34 PM CDT —

ANOKA-DAKOTA-GOODHUE-HENNEPIN-RAMSEY-SCOTT-WASHINGTON-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…MINNEAPOLIS…RED WING…ST PAUL…

STILLWATER

1138 PM CDT MON APR 2 2012

.NOW…

A CLUSTER OF THUNDERSTORMS IS MOVING NORTH THROUGH EASTERN MINNESOTA

INCLUDING THE TWIN CITY METRO AREA…WEST TO LITCHFIELD AND

MONTICELLO AND EAST TO ELLSWORTH WISCONSIN.

MULTIPLE BANDS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL WILL MOVE

ACROSS PARTS OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL MINNESOTA.

REPORTERS ARE SAYING A LOT OF HAIL IS DROPPING FROM SOME OF THE

STORMS.

THE HAIL IS RANGE PEA SIZED TO 1 INCH. AND COVERING THE GROUND BY THE

TIME IT ENDS.

ONE LINE STRETCHES FROM WATERTOWN EASTERN SOUTH DAKOTA OVER TO

ORTONVILLE…APPLETON…MORRIS..BENSON…DONNELLY…GLENWOOD…

ALEXANDRIA…LONG PRAIRIE…CAMP RIPLEY…BRAINERD…PINE RIVER…AND

LAKE MILLE LACS.

ANOTHER CLUSTER OF STORMS IS MOVING NORTH THROUGH LITCHFIELD AND

MONTICELLO TO THE TWIN CITY METRO AREA…TO ELLSWORTH WISCONSIN.

RAIN FALL ESTIMATES RANGE FROM A FEW TENTHS UP TO A COUPLE INCHES

FROM THE HEAVIEST STORMS.

Update 11:20pm:

Storms now delivering downpours, lightning, thunder & hail to metro core including Minneapolis & St. Paul.

MPX: 1 W Bloomington [Hennepin Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of nickel size (M0.88 INCH) at 11:18 PM CDT –

MPX: 1 N Eden Prairie [Hennepin Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of marble size (E0.50 INCH) at 11:16 PM CDT — covering the ground

MPX: Burnsville [Dakota Co, MN] emergency mngr reports HAIL of quarter size (M1.00 INCH) at 10:53 PM CDT —

Numerous reports now of up to dime sized hail in the south metro. Doppler continues to show 1″+ hail potential.

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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

1103 PM CDT MON APR 2 2012

MNZ060-063-067>070-078-WIZ023-024-030445-

CARVER-DAKOTA-GOODHUE-HENNEPIN-PIERCE-SCOTT-SIBLEY-ST.

CROIX-WASHINGTON-

1103 PM CDT MON APR 2 2012

AT 1057 PM CDT…WEATHER SERVICE RADAR WAS TRACKING SEVERAL STRONG

THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS THE SOUTHERN TWIN CITIES METRO AREA THEN TOWARD

THE ELLSWORTH AREA OF WESTERN WISCONSIN. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME REPORTS

OF ONE HALF INCH TO THREE QUARTERS HAIL. ONE WAS AT PRIOR LAKE AT

1035 PM. THESE STORMS WERE MOVING EAST TO NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

HAIL UP TO DIME SIZE IS EXPECTED WITH THIS STORM.

* LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THIS STORM INCLUDE…

JORDAN.

CARVER.

MARYSTOWN.

SHAKOPEE.

EDEN PRAIRIE.

SAVAGE.

ELLSWORTH.

RIVER FALLS.

VERMILION.

Update 10:50pm:

MPX: 2 SSE Prior Lake [Scott Co, MN] trained spotter reports HAIL of penny size (M0.75 INCH) at 10:35 PM CDT –

-Latest NWS storm reports here.

Cluster of storms now south metro with local downpours and small hail. Strongest cell south of Norwood possibly producing 1″+ diamter hail.

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NWS doppler detecting 1″+ diameter hail in south metro storms.

Source: WxUnderground

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Update 10:10PM: Hail with storms as they move into SW metro.

Expect rain, thunder & lightning to increase in next hour.

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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

1009 PM CDT MON APR 2 2012

MNZ060-063-067>070-076>078-030400-

CARVER-DAKOTA-GOODHUE-HENNEPIN-LE SUEUR-RICE-SCOTT-SIBLEY-WASHINGTON-

1009 PM CDT MON APR 2 2012

AT 1006 PM CDT…WEATHER SERVICE RADAR WAS TRACKING SEVERAL STRONG

THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS THE SOUTHERN TWIN CITIES METRO. THEY WERE

MOVING EAST TO NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

ONE HALF INCH DIAMETER HAIL IS EXPECTED WITH THESE STORMS.

* LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THESE STORMS INCLUDE…

BELLE PLAINE.

JORDAN.

CARVER.

FARMINGTON.

SHAKOPEE.

SAVAGE.

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Source: Twin Cities NWS

Scattered showers and T-Storms have developed and are moving northeast about 25 to 30 mph toward the Twin Cities metro.

As storms continue to develop, coverage will increase in the metro from southwest to northeast between 10 pm and midnight.

-Latest Twin Cities radar loop

No severe weather watches are in effect, but a few of the storms will contain local downpours, lightning, thunder and possibly hail and gusty winds.

PH

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