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Plowable Snow Upper Midwest To Interior New England – Isolated Tornadoes Gulf Coast

11 Apr 2013, 1:28 pm

Baseball Season?? Really?? Crews were busy clearing snow this morning at Target Field getting ready for a home game against the New York Mets at 7:10pm tomorrow night. You can see more of these pictures on the Minnesota Twins Facebook page.

Quite a difference a year makes in Minnesota. April 2012 and April 2013 could not look any more different. Check out this suburban Minneapolis street. Close to the same view, the same time of year.

Here is a look at the snowfall amounts over the last 72 hours. More than two feet in some spots.

That puts the U.S snow cover above 27 percent to start April 11th. The average depth is almost four inches. That’s even more snow than was on the ground when the month started. You can see the April 1st snow cover in the image below.

U.S. Snow cover April 1st, 2013 was just shy of 17 percent and the average depth was 3.5 inches.

And the snow is not done falling yet.
Make It Stop. In stark contrast to the record warmth that swept into the northeast this week, your colleagues in the Upper Midwest may be in an especially foul mood. Although the heaviest snow burst is over now for the Twin Cities, an additional 2″ of snow may fall tonight and early Friday, closer to 5-8″ central Minnesota, and as much as a foot from near Green Bay into the U.P. of Michigan. What spring?

Accumulating Snow For Northern New England. 90F in Washington D.C. yesterday; strong to severe T-storms in the New York City area? Those storms marked the leading edge of much cooler air, setting the stage for a plowable snow event north of Albany. Boston should be spared, but Nashua, NH may pick up an inch, some 2-8″ amounts for Maine and Vermont.

Reported Tornadoes on the ground already today. When we grabbed this radar image, A Tornado Emergency was in effect for Noxubee and Kemper Counties in Mississippi. A large tornado had been confirmed on the ground northwest of De Kalb.

Above are the storm reports as of 1pm CDT. One fatality had been reported along with heavy damage. You can get the very latest from the SPC here.



Friday Severe Threat. Record warmth will come to an end by late Friday as a cold front pushes east, the best chance of Friday severe storms from Virginia’s Tidewater to the Outer Banks and Wilmington, NC. A few strong storms may rumble into D.C., Baltimore and South Jersey.

Summary: I’m most concerned about strong/severe storms pushing out of Louisiana into Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle this afternoon; a few may spark damaging winds and a few tornadoes, along with large hail and potential flash flooding. People along the Gulf Coast should be on high alert for the afternoon/evening hours. Heavy snow will finally taper over the Upper Mississippi Valley by Friday morning, with some accumulating snow spreading into northern New England. Strong to severe storms may impact the Mid Atlantic region tomorrow, but the tornado risk will be low. Finally, river flooding is increasing over the Ohio Valley and Midwest, the result of this week’s very slow-moving storm and some 1-3″ rainfall amounts. Flood-prone facilities need to monitor rising waters – a wet pattern forecast to linger the next 1-2 weeks.

Paul Douglas, Senior Meteorologist

Alerts Broadcaster – Minneapolis


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