By Bill Endersen
The Storm Prediction Center has issued their usual midday updated severe weather outlook for the remainder of the day. The Twin Cities metro area continues to be in a moderate risk area for severe weather along with south central and southeastern Minnesota and adjacent portions of Wisconsin and Iowa.
The most likely time period for thunderstorms in and near the metro area is between approximately 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. today. Some storms are likely to be strong and some could become severe. Any thunderstorms that develop during the late afternoon should track rapidly to the northeast into Wisconsin. This will be a short duration event that will end around the metro area during the early evening.
Farther north rain over northern Minnesota will give way to showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and then snow tonight. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for northeastern Minnesota for late tonight and tomorrow morning as snowfalls of two to five inches will be accompanied by strong winds, blowing and drifting. Near white-out conditions are possible for parts of the Iron Range by late tonight.
By tomorrow morning rain could become mixed with snow even in the metro area.