Severe Threat Continues, Early April Snow Storm
Severe Threat Continues Today
Heavy rain has been the main concern through the overnight hours. Flash Flood Warnings have been in effect through the morning with many locations reporting between 2-4″ of rain and some locations reporting more where the thunderstorms developed. So much rain in a short period of time led to standing water in roadways and swollen rivers.
As the front tracks eastward, skies will be clearing and temperatures will be dropping slightly. High pressure returns for the weekend bringing in sunnier skies.
As the storm moves east, the threat for severe weather will be shifted into the Southeast. Although the risk area isn’t as wide spread or as elevated as it was yesterday, it is still possible that storms may generate large hail, damaging wind, and isolated tornadoes.
April Still Feels like Winter
With giant flakes flying across portions of the Upper Midwest, it still feels like winter even though the calendar reads April. As the same storm system that brought the thunderstorms from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf Coast yesterday wraps in colder air, that precipitation turns over to snow and snow has been piling up. The view over Minneapolis, MN this morning:
Highest Snow Totals from the Area
12.20 BROWNTON MN MCLEOD 0700 AM 12.10 LITCHFIELD MN MEEKER 0829 AM 12.00 COON RAPIDS MN ANOKA 0752 AM 11.00 FOREST LAKE 5 NE MN CHISAGO 0730 AM 11.00 FOREST LAKE MN WASHINGTON 0700 AM
Winter Storm Warnings will be expiring through the day today as snow begins to wane and move eastward. Winds will continue to remain a factor though and that will keep travel conditions difficult.
Feeling cool across the Midwest and the Northeast as winter weather moves eastward. The Northwest will also stay soggy through the weekend before high pressure builds in for next week bringing in more sunshine and rising temperatures. The heat will also be the big story in the Southwest heading into next week with highs in the 90s for the Phoenix area.
Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek (Twitter: @gmishekWNTV)