With the unofficial start to the summer in Minnesota just hours away -- Mother Nature may keeping the grills, picnics, and outdoor gatherings under cover for a couple of days; with showers & thunderstorms in the forecast for today & tomorrow. The good news: Sunday & Monday look much better.
Reports of tornadoes, hail, high winds, and heavy rain popped up across Central Minnesota late this afternoon and this evening, prompting Tornado & Severe Thunderstorm Warnings in Sterns, Pope, Todd, and Morrison Counties.
With the warm weather comes severe weather season. Thunderstorms, lightning, high winds and tornadoes are all things we shouldn't take lightly. Here are a few safety tips from The National Weather Service that could just save your life!
After an early morning round of showers and thunderstorms today, redevelopment is expected this afternoon and evening across Central Minnesota -- with the possibility of some storms becoming strong or severe. We'll keep you up to date with any possible watches or warnings.
A few severe thunderstorms are possible across Central & Southern Minnesota this afternoon and evening. Large hail and damaging winds are the main severe weather threats along with locally heavy rainfall. Stay tuned to 98.1 for possible watches and warnings.
With warmer weather here, it's probably a good time for a reminder that our vehicles can become ovens in just a few minutes (even with the windows cracked) -- which is obviously a bad deal for kids, pets, or anyone else who can't take care of themselves.
The National Weather Service is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety today to conduct tornado drills in preparation for the upcoming severe weather season. 98.1 Minnesota's New Country will be participating in the drills. Schools, businesses and other facilities are encouraged to conduct tornado drills as well.
We had another pretty easy winter here in the Northstar State -- I mean it was 60+ in February (sorry polar bears)! Lately though, it has felt extremely wet, blustery, and cold; but that's about to end. 70˚ is on the radar for later this week.
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